Metro Manila has been placed on lockdown by the government in its efforts to contain the spread of the CoronaVirus (COVID-19). Because of this, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) through the Land Transportation Office (LTO), its attached agency, ordered the suspension of operations of the Motorcycle Taxi Pilot Study Program. Assistant Secretary Egar Galvante announced the suspension through a press briefing conducted on March 14, 2020, at the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA) in Pasay City.
Motorcycle Taxi operators Angkas, and Joyride immediately complied with the said directive and ordered their respective fleet of drivers to cease from operating for the safety of the general public and their own. In an official statement, George Royeca, Chief Transport Advocate of Angkas stated, “In light of the government’s decision to put Metro Manila under quarantine to contain COVID-19 and the Department of Transportation’s guidelines for the motorcycle taxi pilot, Angkas will temporarily suspend passenger services in Metro Manila starting March 15, 2020. Angkas Padala will continue its delivery services to serve those who are unable to travel or leave their homes or for emergency services.” He added, “Safety continues to be our priority at Angkas, and we support the government’s steadfast efforts to keep everyone safe from COVID-19.”
Joyride on the other hand, through an official statement, said, “In accord with the Guidelines issued by the DOTr Task Group for the Management of Infectious Disease, JoyridePH shall suspend until further notice its Motorcycle Taxi ride-hailing services in Metro Manila effective midnight of March 15, 2020, as a show of full support to the measures being undertaken by the government to address the growing threat of the CoronaVirus pandemic in the country. Joyride is making available its network of Kasundo Bikers to assist the government and the public in delivering essential goods in whatever manner or form during this time of Public Health Emergency Through Joyride Delivery.”
The Inter-Agency Task Force on the Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-IED) through its Resolution Dated March 13, 2020 issued general guidelines in the implementation of the “community quarantine” of the entire NCR which encourages everyone to practice social distancing to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. We join them in imploring the nation to exercise safe practices in hygiene and social distancing to help contain COVID-19.