Angkas gives free rides to health workers, donates motorcycle barriers


Angkas partnered with the National Task Force COVID-19 and Joint Task Force COVID Shield to give transportation services to health workers amid the limited public transportation after Metro Manila, and other high-risk provinces were placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ).

The ride-hailing firm deploys at least 1,000 riders to assist medical frontliners during the country’s fight against the deadly virus.


According to JTF COVID Shield commander Police Lieutenant General Guillermo Eleazar, the Angkas drivers would be assigned in various hospitals in Metro Manila to fetch health workers.

“Initially, mayroon tayong list na binigay ng DOH (Department of Health)… doon sila magi-standby. Probably itong ating mga health workers sa umaga, okay pa ‘yung biyahe nila, masigla pa pero after their shift, ito’ yung mga pagod na so naka-standby sila doon para ihatid sila sa bahay,” Eleazar said at an event in Camp Crame.

(Initially, we have a list provided by the DOH. They will be on standby there. Probably our health workers in the morning, their trip is okay, they are still active but after their shift, they are tired so they are on standby there to bring them home.)


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“After that puwedeng may arrangement na susunduin sila kinabukasan kung sakali and this will be done during the rest of our MECQ period, hanggang August 18. Tignan natin kung ano ang puwedeng gawin pa after that,” he added.

According to Eleazar, the priority hospitals where the riders will be deployed are Philippine General Hospital, Manila City; San Lazaro Hospital, Manila City; East Avenue Medical Center, Quezon City; Ospital ng Sampaloc, Manila City; and Tala Hospital, Caloocan City.
Other priority hospitals are the National Kidney Institute, Quezon City General Hospital, Ospital ng Maynila, Lung Center of the Philippines, Quirino Memorial Medical Center, and Fabella Hospital.
Aside from giving free rides, Angkas also donated a total of 1,000 motorcycle barriers for health workers who own motorcycles at home.