Angkas, one of the leading motorcycle ride-hailing service providers in the country, donates 1,000 wearable motorcycle barriers to the Joint Task Force (JTF) COVID Shield. The turnover ceremonies were held in Camp Crame, Quezon City where Secretary Eduardo Año and task force chief Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar received the donation from the chief transport advocate of Angkas, George Royeca.
JTF COVID Shield Commander Gen. Eleazar announced that the motorcycle barriers will be given to various police stations around Metro Manila which will be distributed to qualified motorcycle drivers to provide transportation services for frontliners to and from their respective hospitals. However, motorcycle riders who regularly ferry their spouse, live-in partners, relatives, and friends who work as medical frontliners will be given priority for its distribution. Eleazar was very grateful for the act of generosity shown by Angkas through its chief transport advocate, George Royeca.
This benevolent act of the Angkas Group led by Mr. George Royeca is a clear manifestation that the spirit of Bayanihan is very much alive and continues to be a defining value of Filipinos especially in this time of global pandemic.
JTF COVID Shield and Angkas will also deploy 1,000 Angkas riders near hospitals identified by the Department of Health to provide free rides to health workers attending to COVID-19 patients. The hospitals will where the riders would be deployed include Philippine General Hospital, San Lazaro Hospital, Ospital ng Sampaloc in Manila, the East Avenue Medical Center in Quezon City, and the Tala Hospital in Caloocan City. Meanwhile, other Angkas riders will also be placed on standby in the areas surrounding the National Kidney Institute, Quezon City General Hospital, Lung Center of the Philippines, Quirino Memorial Medical Center in Quezon City, Ospital ng Maynila, and Fabella Hospital in Manila.
Medical workers who trying to find a way home should no longer worry about their transportation. All they now have to do is approach any Angkas rider deployed around the aforementioned hospitals and present their identification cards as health workers to avail of the free rides back to their respective residences.
The Angkas barriers are among the two designs of motorcycle barriers that were presented to the IATF in compliance with safety protocols for pillion riding during the pandemic. Eleazar lauded the cooperation of Angkas adding, “This endeavor will ensure that our medical frontliners can perform their tasks and not be hampered by lack of transportations on their way for work, and back home.”