Motorcycle-based ride-hailing and delivery service Angkas is stepping up the game with free rides for healthcare workers. The motorcycle-taxi service will be rolling out this program starting today, August 8, until the modified enhanced community quarantine in Metro Manila is scheduled to end on August 18.
After Metro Manila was put under MECQ on August 4, public transportation has been suspended, meaning there are no train lines (MRT-3, LRT-1 and LRT-2, and PNR), public buses, jeepneys, transport network vehicle services (TNVS) available to commuters.
Angkas posted the announcement on its social-media pages, saying “mag-iingat po kami like always,” on Twitter. The ride-hailing app will be coordinating directly with hospitals based on recommendations from the Department of Health to find out which ones need this free service the most. A few hospitals have been picked, but the network will be expanding as the program goes on.
Healthcare workers from the chosen hospitals will have to bring their own helmets with full-face visors for the free rides. Angkas also noted on Facebook that it’s open to coordinating with other medical facilities in need of the service for their healthcare workers.
In case you missed it, backriding on motorcycles has been allowed under the MECQ, but with conditions like the passenger must be either a medical frontliner or an employee of a sector that is allowed to operate during MECQ. The motorcycle must also be equipped with a backriding shield. You can read the full guidelines here. What’s more, backriding is not exclusive to married couples and domestic partners anymore.
With transport options limited, this is sure to be one less thing our healthcare workers will have to think about!
NOTE: This article first appeared on Spot.ph. Minor edits have been made.