Angkas users are not going to be happy about this.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) has approved a recommendation by its technical working group (TWG) for the motorcycle-taxi pilot run to blacklist the company from serving as a ride-hailing provider altogether.
The suggestion was included by the TWG in its recommendation to terminate the controversial motorcycle-taxi pilot run and, according to the DOTr, agency head Arthur Tugade has already endorsed it to Congress.
“Yes, [the recommendation] was approved by Secretary Tugade,” DOTr assistant secretary Goddes Hope Libiran told the media.
Essentially, the move bars Angkas, otherwise known as DBDOYC Inc., from ever serving the public as a ride-hailing provider, regardless of whether or not the Land Transportation and Traffic Code is amended to allow the operation of motorcycle taxi companies in the Philippines.
According to the recommendation, Angkas’s blacklisting is because the motorcycle-taxi company “blatantly exhibited defiance on mandated guidelines set forth by the TWG.” You can check out the entire document below.
During a Senate hearing held earlier today, Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca stressed that motorcycle taxis would continue to operate regardless of his company’s fate, saying the industry provides Filipinos with both a reliable mode of transportation and livelihood.
“Problema po ng pioneering status is talagang alam po namin na hindi po siya magiging madali. Pero nangibabaw po sa amin ang intensyon na gawing probisyonal ang sistema ng motorsiklong taxi, magkaroon ng ligtas na alternatibong transportasyon, at makapagbigay ng disenteng hanapbuhay sa ating kapwa Pilipino,” Royeca said.
“Sa totoo lang po, kahit mawala ang Angkas bukas, mananatili pong mayroong motorcycle taxi, legal man o hindi, dahil nandiyan po ang matinding pangangailangan ng publiko,” he added.
The company also tweeted this:
Is this truly the final nail in the coffin for the company? Are you in favor of the DOTr-TWG’s recommendation? Let us know in the comments.