Angkas and Habal-habal

I observed that one of outcomes of happiness is a feeling of relief.

I’ve been using Angkas for the past months. For those who are not yet familiar with the service, it’s a mobile App where you can book an affordable motorcycle service for a fixed price based on your location and destination. This kind of transport service is widely patronized especially here in Metro Cebu because commuters can beat the traffic to more than 65%. Not only that, drivers are highly trained professionals as every passenger is covered with accident insurance.

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However, as of today, their service is still suspended by our government. There are a lot of issues to debate from both sides. Yet, I was able to use their service yesterday even drivers face arrest if caught. The driver told me that it’s the management who would pay for the penalties since there’s a possibility that the final court ruling would favor their side.

A while ago, I was hoping I can still continue to use their service but their App says otherwise. It seems to me that someone (a competitor in the transport business) is technically trying to pin them down.

So I was forced to call for those motorcycle drivers at the road for a ride. They’re called habal-habal. This isn’t part of the Angkas service but they have been illegitimately operating for so many years even way back before mobile phones were born. Illegitimate in the sense that this kind of transport has never been legalized but ordinary commuters would sometimes patronize them over the usual taxi cars which are costly. But according to the news, the government is also apprehending these habal-habal drivers in order to be fair with Angkas.

I thought I can never get a motorcycle ride. If I take Jeepney, our public transport, I know I’ll be stuck in the worsening traffic of our city… I had to be there at the car aircon shop before their closing time at 5pm. I miss my car so bad and I hope it’s completely repaired. I can’t wait for another day.

While trying to look for a habal-habal driver, after few minutes, I was so relieved I found one. Thank God! He brought me fast and safe to my destination. I gave him 100 pesos which was higher to what we had agreed. He smiled and said, “Salamat kaayo, sir.” It means, thank you very much.

P. S. Sa mga sumusuporta ng Angkas, merong online petition sa Twitter: #SaveAngkas

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