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Cebuanos Turns to Angkas to Beat The Traffic

Development comes with a price, and TRAFFIC is one it, as a commuter with have to bear with it as we go on with our daily grind.

The promise of a Mass Transport System for Cebu, had been held hostage by some political quarters. While the long overdue BRT or Bus Rapid System is yet to be implemented, some quarters are offering MRT, Monorails and what pqnot.

Land Transportation Office Region VII (LTO-7) has over half a million motor vehicles and motorcycles in its registry for Cebu Province as of December 2017.  In 2018, this number grew to around 800,000.

Moreover, in a recent study by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the unresolved traffic congestion in Metro Cebu has resulted in at least P1.1 billion in economic losses a day.

Regardless where you are in the Social Strata, we are all affected with the Traffic Problem. Even then President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo’s Presidential convoys didn’t escaped the infamous Minglanilla Gridlock.

“Traffic is a problem that affects all social classes,” businessman and Angkas advocate Gilbert Olan stressed. “Rich and poor alike, we are all affected by the traffic problem and are all burdened by its economic and social costs,” he added.

“As a Cebuano, dili ko ganahan sa sobrahan nga katrapik sa atoang sugbu. Mao ning pirti gyud makalagot sa atoang tanan (As a Cebuano, I hate that our city is plagued by heavy traffic. It’s become increasingly frustrating for all of us),” Olan stressed. “This is exactly the reason why Angkas was born, to alleviate the commuting problems of Cebuanos,” he added.

“Angkas is an innovative and timely traffic solution that Cebuanos need and we are happy to offer this service to help commuters reach their destinations in a fast, convenient, and affordable way,” said Angeline Tham, Angkas Founder and CEO.

Tham adds that, Angkas biker-partners are strictly screened and are given thorough safety training before being allowed to service passengers. The Angkas bikers and their passengers are also entitled to insurance in every trip.

“We are all aware of how Angkas puts a premium on the safety of the passengers, the bikers, and everyone else on the road,” she noted. “And this is something that we are proud of.”

Angkas Founder and CEO Angeline Tham

In line with their effort to ensure the safety of the biker-partners and their passengers, Angkas held the very first “Angkas Safety Fiesta” in Cebu last Sunday at the Plaza Independencia, Cebu City. The 12-hour event, which started at 10 a.m., featured a safety seminar and skills training session for their biker-partners, a dental mission, free haircut and massage for the participants, and a Gymkhana tournament.

The Angkas Safety Fiesta also served as an onboarding activity for new Angkas biker-partners, with the objective of being able to service more Cebuano commuters at a time.

As an added treat for the bikers and their families, a musical concert was held featuring popular artists such as Andrew E. and Cueshe as well as upcoming acts like the D7G Girls, Jay R Siaboc, Crazy Duo Jr., and the Maka Girls. The show, which was hosted by DJ Chixie and DJ Ringo, was open to the public.

“Our over 5,000 Angkas biker-partners in Metro Cebu are more than prepared to take on the task of ferrying commuters to where they need to go,” Olan declared. “And this is just the beginning,” he added, stressing that while traffic continues to plague Metro Cebu, Angkas will continue to help Cebuanos by not only providing an efficient transport option, but also providing a decent means of livelihood for motorcycle owners.

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LGU-PRIVATE SECTOR PARTNERSHIP: Technology solutions corporation 888 Tech Exchange, Inc.was recently recognized for its donation of solar streetlights to the City of Mandaue. At the 50thMandaueCity Charter Day observance, Mayor Jonas Cortes (center) acknowledged the company represented by its President Florendo Nograles (right) and Sales and Marketing Manager Mike Merla.

International powerhouse solutions company 888 Tech ExchangeVentures, Inc. recently donated solar streetlamps to the City of Mandaue. The donation was acknowledged by Mandaue City Mayor Jonas Cortes at the city’s recent 50thCharter Day Anniversary.

Cortes formally conveyed the local government’s gratitude to Florendo Nograles and Mike Merla, 888 Tech Exchange President and Sales Manager, respectively.

With a total of 160 watts, the streetlamps will be used to illuminate a part of P. Gomez St. Installation of these lights will bring abut some savings in electric power costs for the local government. In Cebu, 888 Tech Exchange has installed solar streetlamps at Shangri-la’s Mactan Resort and Spa and Pulchra Resort in San Fernando.

Solar energy has become popular in recent years due, not only on its innate advantage as a renewable power source, but also on its potential to reduce dependence on fossil fuels and greenhouse gas emissions.

888 Tech Exchange Ventures, Inc. is one of the Philippines’s top Solar PV System Integrators with nine years of experience in system installation. Italso leads in distribution and installation of cybersecurity equipment, wireless battery monitoring systems and numerous industrial brands from Asia, the USA, Europe and Australia. It has expanded its business to Australia and Hongkong as well.

Thedonation to the City of Mandaue is part of 888 Tech’s community partnership initiatives. The company also sustains similar initiatives with other partner government units, private organizations and non-profitinstitutions.


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