MOTORCYCLE ride-hailing service JoyRide expects to hire more bikers and reach the 10,000 cap by February after an inter-agency technical working group imposed the limit on motorcycle taxis, including the more established Angkas.
In a press conference on Thursday, officials of We Move Things Philippines, Inc., the corporate name of JoyRide, said they had not hired bikers who previously worked at Angkas, or DBDOYC, Inc.
“We’ve never gotten riders from Angkas,” said JoyRide Vice-President for Corporate Affairs Jose Emmanuel “Noli” M. Eala.
His disclaimer comes as Angkas is required to displace around 17,000 bikers to comply with the cap set equally among operating motorcycle taxi companies.
“Kung meron gusto sumama sa amin (If any of their riders want to join us), [they are] all welcome provided they have to go through our process again,” he said.
At present, JoyRide has 1,493 JoyRide bikers on Metro Manila roads, with 5,414 going through the on-boarding process. The process includes two days of seminars and test drives.
Last week, the Philippine Competition Commission’s Johannes Benjamin R. Bernabe last week cautioned against the cap, as it removes a bulk of the rider-base Angkas built up.
Mr. Eala later in the press conference noted that JoyRide does not check biker affiliations.
“We do not differentiate. We do not even ask if they have any affiliations with any other riders because they have to go through the same process anyway. It doesn’t matter to us kung kayo ay dati nang tumakbo (if you have worked) as Angkas or colorum. Basta ang importante po ay dumaan uli sila sa isang proseso. (What matters is that they go through a process).”
JoyRide also denied claims that government officials have business interests in their company, attributing ownership to entrepreneurs Ralph Nubla Jr. and Bea Chua.
JoyRide admitted to asking Senator Aquilino Martin D. Pimentel III to transmit a letter to the Department of Transportation. Mr. Eala described the lawmaker as a family friend of the owners. JoyRide denied allegations that the Pimentel family has a stake in the company.
The technical working group for motorcycle taxis extended the pilot program for the three companies Angkas, JoyRide, and MoveIt up to March 23, 2020, with no plans of further extensions. — Jenina P. Ibañez