More meetings this week

The Inter-Agency Technical Working Group (TWG) on Motorcycle Taxis is considering the sentiments raised by the members of the Senate Committee on Public Services, as well as by other stakeholders during its meeting yesterday. Right after the Senate hearing, the TWG immediately convened to initially discuss such sentiments.

The TWG shall further discuss all these matters on Wednesday, January 22, 2020. After which, a report shall be submitted to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade.

Another meeting shall likewise be conducted on Friday with stakeholders, resource persons, and the three motorcycle providers participating in the study, to iron out the specifics.

MC Taxi Pilot Run extension to be discussed – MC Taxi TWG image

Yesterday, the Inter-Agency TWG recommended for the immediate termination of the Motorcycle Taxi Pilot Run project. TWG Chairman, Antonio Gardiola Jr. cited “legal rigmaroles” caused by Angkas, which has filed temporary restraining orders against the extended pilot run’s new provisions in regional trial courts in Quezon City and Mandaluyong City. Gardiola has also cited other violations by Angkas, such as its operation outside of designated Pilot Test Run cities, as well as the company’s alleged foreign ownership according to records from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Senators, the public, and stakeholders, however, aired their support of the motorcycle taxi services, urging for the continuation of the Pilot Run program during the hearing yesterday. Sen. Bong Go vowed to file a letter of recommendation to DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade, as well as to President Duterte to continue to Pilot Run program under certain conditions.

The senator lauded the benefit these motorcycle ride-hailing services provided to the public but also cautioned operators to prioritize the safety of their passengers.