The 2nd Angkas Safety Fiesta held at the Ayala Malls Vertis North grounds in Quezon City last Saturday gathered celebrities and politicians who are all united in support of the motorcycle riding communities and the resumption of the app-based ride-hailing service.
Angkas Safety Fiesta was inaugurated last November in a massive event at the Ynares Center in Antipolo that gathered thousands of Angkas Riders and applicants from all over Mega Manila.
Last Saturday’s event features the appearance and performances of various celebs like Andrew E, Dante Gulapa, Mayonnaise, Allmost, D&G, Trix the Angkas Rapper and Mateo Guidicelli. The program was hosted by DJ Laila.
Politicians who graced the event includes senatoriables Grace Poe, Bam Aquino, Chel Diokno, Bato dela Rosa, and JV Ejercito. They were also joined by congressman Feliciano “Sonny” Belmonte Jr. and congressman Winston Castelo, the chair of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, and wife councilor Precious Hipolito-Castelo.
All the politicians who attended the event last Saturday are in agreement that it was high time for the government to implement the legalization and regulation of motorcycle taxis.
They also called for the resumption of Angkas’ operations, stressing that the non-action on the part of the concerned government agencies constitutes a continuing violation of motorcycle riders’ rights especially since Angkas has been providing a decent source of livelihood for thousands of motorcycle owners in the country, aside from helping Filipinos in their daily commuting woes.
Here are some excerpts from their impromptu speeches made in front of the hundreds of Angkas Riders and motorcycle riding groups who attended the event.
“Ako ay saludo sa Angkas dahil binibigyan kayo ng proper training and guidance. Kailangan natin talaga ang iba’t-ibang pagkakataon at modes of transportation. May bus, may jeep, at may MRT, pero kulang pa,.. Ang aking tututukan ay dapat ligtas ang ating mga pasahero. Kaya ako ay nagpapasalamat sa Angkas dahil nagbibigay sila ng tamang training sa inyong lahat,” – Senator Grace Poe
“Naiintidihan ko talaga yung pangangailangan na magkaroon tayo ng isang batas na kinikilala ang karapatan ng mga motorcycle riders na magkaroon ng hanapbuhay na legal, hanapbuhay na kinikilala ng batas,” – Chel Diokno
“Lahat tayo na gustong maghanapbuhay, gustong magnegosyo ay hindi dapat pinipigilan. Mahalaga na mabigyang suporta po natin yung ating mga sektor na naghahanap ng tulong upang makapaghanapbuhay para sa ating pamilya. Yung Angkas po, maganda yung kanilang framework, maganda yung kanilang app, marami pong natutulungan.” – Senator Bam Aquino
“Bigyan natin ng hanapbuhay ang taumbayan. Kaya ako po ay nagfile ng bill sa Kongreso and I am happy to announce, and I am proud to tell you that it has been approved. Hindi tayo papayag na mahirapang muli ang taumbayan. Hindi tayo papayag na hindi kayo mabigyan ng oportunidad na magkaroon ng hanapbuhay,” – Rep. Winston Castelo.
“Ako’y anak ng tricycle driver. Motorsiklo ang gamit ng tatay ko. Nagmomotor din ako, kaya kung ako ay manalo, susuportahan ko ang Angkas bill na pending sa Senado,” – Bato Dela Rosa
Administration senatorial candidate JV Ejercito, who is a motorcycle enthusiast himself, also expressed his support for the regulation of Angkas, reiterating that he has a pending bill in Congress that addresses the regulation issues of motorcycle taxis.
The Angkas Safety Fiesta is a series of events that aim to promote motorcycle road safety among Filipinos. The event at Vertis North featured a safety seminar, an earthquake response briefing, and preventive maintenance discussions – all presided by certified Angkas trainers. A free medical assistance booth was also set up for the attendees of the event.
Angkas Head of Regulation and Public Affairs George Royeca, in turn, spoke on behalf of the ride-sharing service.
“It has been our advocacy in Angkas to promote road safety consciousness among the motorcycle riders of the country,” Royeca stressed. “This is why we have been holding the Safety Fiesta in order to make as many motorcycle riders aware of the need to ride safely every single time and propagate the knowledge of how to ride motorcycles as safely as they can,” he added.