|Angkas was created to help solve the transport problem in Metro Manila. In a country that ranked third in traffic congestion in Southeast Asia, commuters were forced to take alternative transport options that were unsafe and illegal, such as the habal-habal, which was driven by motorcycle riders that did not possess proper licenses and training. Although commuters acknowledged the risks by riding these, they had to patronize them to get around the Manila traffic. Angkas allows commuters to book professional motorcycle taxis on-demand, cutting travel time in half, and offering a safe and efficient alternative that is up to 70% more affordable than cars. It also ensures safety by requiring stringent background checks, skills tests, and safety training for its bikers, and providing quality helmets for both passengers and bikers.
The mobile app adds an extra level of safety as Angkas tracks all bikers and bookings on the platform and, should there be any issues, a dedicated customer support team can be reached via phone, email, or social media. Insurance coverage is also provided to both biker and passenger in case of any emergencies. Through its platform, Angkas has also provided habal-habal drivers the opportunity to earn two to three times of the country’s minimum wage and destigmatized the formerly illegal practice to treat it as it was: a necessary and affordable transport option for the gridlocked streets of the Philippines.