Angkas partners with Pasig City to provide free rides, motorcycle shields to healthcare workers

Published August 13, 2020, 4:57 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

As part of its initiative to help healthcare workers during the modified lockdown, motorcycle-taxi firm Angkas has partnered with the Pasig City local government to provide its medical frontliners with free rides and barrier shields.

Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto (Photo from Angkas)

Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca said they are currently coordinating with hospitals in Pasig City to ensure that their bikers are deployed where they are most needed to bring home safely medical workers after their shifts.

“Tinanggap po ni Mayor Vico Sotto ang ating Angkas shields para po ipamigay sa ating mga frontliners. Ang mga Angkas bikers naman ay tutulong magbigay ng libreng sakay sa ating frontliners. Hopefully makatulong talaga tayo sa mga pangangailangan ng Pasig City (Mayor Vico Sotto has accepted our Angkas shields to be distributed to our frontliners, while our Angkas bikers will help provide free rides for them. Hopefully we can really help meet the needs of Pasig City),” Royeca said after a brief turnover ceremony at the Pasig City Hall on Thursday (Aug. 13).

According to Royeca, Pasig City currently has 2,000 healthcare workers assigned to its hospitals, including the government-run Pasig City General Hospital and the Pasig City Children’s Hospital, which is also a COVID-19 referral facility.

The Angkas official explained that the firm’s initiative is part of its commitment to ensure the safety of frontliners “who put their lives on the line to keep millions of us healthy and safe,” especially during this time of the pandemic.

Through the free rides offered by Angkas, Royeca said frontliners will save time and effort looking for transport as all modes of public transportation have been suspended during the modified enhanced community quarantine which is being implemented from Aug. 4 to 18.

“Angkas is proud to support Mayor Vico, and we would be more than happy to assist Pasig City in their pandemic-free transport initiatives,” he said.

Angkas’ partnership with Pasig City came after its tie-up with the Manila City government and with the National Task Force against COVID, the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), and the Philippine National Police (PNP).

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