We’d be repeating ourselves if we said this whole motorcycle-taxi issue has gone back and forth the past few weeks, but we can’t help but say it again, anyway, because that’s most certainly the case right now.
Yesterday, January 21, Department of Transportation–Technical Working Group (DOTr-TWG) chairman Antonio Gardiola Jr. confirmed in an interview that the motorcycle-taxi pilot run will continue (we’ve included a recap in that story, so you might want to check it out if you need to get up to speed on everything). Earlier today, January 22, the DOTr-TWG held discussions with motorcycle-taxi companies Angkas, JoyRide, and MoveIt during an executive session of the House Committee on Transportation, and afterwards, Gardiola made some important announcements.
The official confirmed that the previous rider cap of 45,000 for the entire pilot run has been increased to 63,000 riders, and that Cagayan de Oro is now included in the pilot run’s area of coverage. The breakdown for the 63,000-rider cap is as follows: Each of the three participating companies is allotted 15,000 riders in Metro Manila, 3,000 riders in Metro Cebu, and 3,000 riders in Cagayan de Oro.
Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca also confirmed that his company already dropped the cases it had filed against the DOTr. No mention was made of the DOTr-TWG’s recommendation to blacklist Angkas as a motorcycle-taxi provider, but for now, it looks like both sides have called a truce and are willing to work with each other.
To see the entire discussion, you can check out the video below.
As of this writing, the pilot run is still set to run until March 23, 2020, but Gardiola said that the agency remains open to extending it further if the need arises.
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