To augment the government’s efforts in providing free rides to medical frontliners and other support personnel, ride-hailing motorcycle taxi company Angkas has included Pasig City hospitals for its ‘libreng sakay’ operations in these critical times.
Pasig City is fast becoming the country’s health hub due to its increasing number of hospitals and other medical centers in the past years. And to ensure the unhampered operations of these medical facilities, Angkas donated backriding shields to the Pasig City government that will be used while ferrying the frontliners to their workplace and their homes.
Apparently Pasig City Mayor Vico Sotto is not a big fan of backriding shields based on his post on social media: “Alam kong kontrobersyal ang motorcycle barrier / backpack shield na ’to. Sa totoo lang, delikado siya... Pero sa ngayon wala tayong choice kung gusto nating umangkas, kailangan daw ’to.”
Sotto personally received the shields from Angkas chief transport advocate George Royeca in a quick and simple turnover ceremony at the Pasig City Hall. “Good job to Angkas dahil gumawa sila ng disenyo na mas ligtas, mas aerodynamic,” adds Sotto.
Sotto believes the Angkas free ride campaign is a big help to the frontliners who have been tirelessly and diligently attending to the increasing number of COVID-19 patients.
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 now designated as COVID-19 referral facilities.
Recently, the Manila City government under Mayor Isko Moreno Domagoso and the Philippine National Police (PNP) received similar backriding shields from Angkas with the same noble objective.
It was a different story for the Pasay City government. This afternoon, Mayor Emi Calixto Rubiano formally received several backriding shields donated by Angkas which materialized upon her request. Aside from deploying its rider-partners for the libreng sakay campaign for the city’s frontliners, Team Angkas was asked by Rubiano to help as contact tracers to beef up the local government’s efforts to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the city.
The Pasay City LGU has been active in implementing measures to contain the coronavirus spread, such as systematic testing and the strict implementation of minimum health protocols on the barangay levels. As of August, more than 40 of its 210 barangays have been declared COVID-free.