Angkas, habal-habal may get green light

February 05, 2019

THE House of Representatives with 181 votes has approved on third and final reading a consolidated measure seeking to allow the use of motorcycle as alternative public utility vehicle.

House Bill (HB) No. 8959 will amend Republic Act (RA) No. 4136 or the Land Transportation and Traffic Code to address the tremendous daily suffering of commuters because of the traffic congestion.

If approved into law, the ride application Angkas and Habal-Habal will be permitted.

Quezon City Rep. Winston “Winnie” Castelo, one of the principal authors and chairman of the House Committee on Metro Manila Development, welcomed the bill’s approval, stressing the ban on the private motorcycle taxis under the current laws is making the commuters’ lives difficult.

“The proposal will ease the burden of the commuting public, sana maihabol ito ng  Senado,” said Castelo.

In the meantime, Castelo reiterated his call for the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to immediately come up with the necessary guidelines in compliance with Section 7 of RA No. 4136 allowing the registration of motorcycle vehicle.

Castelo cited the World Bank and University of the Philippines commissioned study which reported that the Philippines is losing about P2 billion pesos a day in terms of revenue from the country’s dismal traffic situation.

“Shall we continue ito pong mga pasakit at paghihirap ng mga commuters po natin? We will find out with the DOTr kung ano po ang kanilang alternatibo,” said Castelo.

DOTr Undersecretary Mark De Leon said the Supreme Court (SC) last December 13, 2018 issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to “ANGKAS” and this is the basis of the court order for their operation.

De Leon said the DOTr maintained that currently they have constraints on three aspects: is the legal mandate, the judicial and the regulation of motorcycle taxis.

Buhay Hayaang Yumabong (Buhay) party-list Rep. Lito Atienza said that the country is facing a problem in the transportation sector.

“Kailan po ninyo didisisyonan ‘yan dahil malaki ang nagagawa  nitong Angkas o itong mga motorsiklong ito sa pansamantalang sitwasyon natin. Hindi naman pwede open-ended o maghihintay na lang tayo sa resulta ng inyong trabaho. We want to be assured kailan po matatapos ang inyong trabaho,” said Atienza.