MMDA teams up with motorcycle taxi hailing services for emergency response

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The Metro Manila Development Authority has teamed up with motorcycle taxi ride-hailing services Angkas and JoyRide PH for improved emergency response.

They signed a memorandum of understanding for Angkas and JoyRide’s provision of trained motorcycle emergency responders (MERs) to help the MMDA in carrying out its duties,

Joining the signing were MMDA Acting Chair Carlo Dimayuga III, JoyRide PH Vice President Jerico Meneses, and Angkas Chief Executive Officer George Royeca.

Dimayuga said the MMDA tapped Angkas and JoyRide in order to augment the agency’s resources during road traffic accidents and other emergencies.

“Even though they are competitors, Angkas and Joyride have extended their services by providing MERs at no cost to the MMDA as part of their corporate social responsibility,” he said.

Angkas and JoyRide would provide 25 riders each who will be trained by the MMDA’s Public Safety Division and Road Emergency Group in coordination with the Philippine Red Cross and the Department of Health.

The MERs would be equipped with first aid kits and other supplies necessary for medical emergencies.

They would respond to incidents in major thoroughfares in Metro Manila, particularly EDSA, C5, Commonwealth, Roxas Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, Osmeña Highway, and Marcos Highway.

Royeca said the signing of the memorandum showed that there was no competition between the motorcycle taxi ride-hailing companies.

“This is to show that we in the motorcycle industry are people of public service,” Royeca said.