THE PHILIPPINE National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG) has expressed support to motorcycle-hailing firm Angkas (DBDOYC, Inc.), which is planning to launch its six-month test run within this month following a green-light from government.

PNP-HPG director Brig. Gen. Roberto Fajardo, in a press briefing Monday, said he believes that motorcycle services would help commuters.

Sa tingin ko makakatulong sila, dahil ayun naman ang gusto ng tao, mapabilis ‘yung kanilang transport (I think they can help, because that’s what people want, to quicken their transport). Anyway, may (they have a) designated lane,” Mr. Fajardo said.

Angkas has previously been ordered to stop operations as the Land Transportation and Traffic Code, contained in Republic Act No. 4136, does not allow motorcycles to operate as public transport.

The government, however, has given the company a temporary permit to provide service as part of efforts in finding alternative public transport services and addressing the traffic congestion problems.

The HPG chief also said that he agrees in implementing a mandatory training for all motorcycle drivers, which should be covered by a law.

“That is the best solution to discipline and ensure the security of motorists,” he said.

“For the meantime, kung sino ang gusto (whoever is interested), there is an ongoing motorcycle safety training (offered by the police),” said Mr. Fajardo.

Angkas operates in Metro Manila and Metro Cebu, the countries’ two most congested urban areas. — Vince Angelo C. Ferreras