Grab and Uber has been existing for a few years now. I guess they are quite successful in their TVNS (Transport Vehicle Network Service) business. Where public transportation isn’t convenient, there are other options driven by technology. In the Philippines, you can book a ride and a private vehicle will pick you up and bring you to your destination. Additionally, you can rate your drivers and express your experience after the ride is finished through the mobile app.
Angkas, an on-demand motorcycle booking service, uses the same technology. This kind of public transportation locally called as “habal-habal”, is famous in the provinces, even in the Metro, but are not government regulated.
How to book with Angkas
Launch the app from your smartphone, key-in your pick-up and drop-off locations. The fixed fare will be displayed on the screen. If you have a discount voucher, you can input it in the promo tab. You can also add notes to the driver.
Angkas Fares (Pamasahe)
If you can reach your destination 4x faster than riding Grab, Uber or Taxi, perhaps you wouldn’t mind paying a little premium.
Angkas Fares, as indicated in the app include a base fare of P50. You can call this as the flag down price just like the system used by the Taxi. P50 (USD1) base fare is for the first 2KM. There is an additional P10, per kilometer afterward.
Like Uber and Grab, Angkas fares has a surge when demand is high. So expect high fares during rush hours.
Angkas Areas of Coverage
Currently, Angkas areas of coverage are mostly in Metro Manila.
- San Juan
- SM North
- QC Circle
- South Triangle
- New Manila
Opportunity: Be a rider and earn extra income
I have become a regular and supporter of Angkas. Everytime, I book a ride, I make a point to talk to the rider.
Some of them are part time riders, others are full time. Part time riders earn up to 800 a day while full-time riders earn more.
I support this kind of business because it creates extra income to individuals with a motorcycle.
For example, a security guard told me that he has been with Angkas for two (2) months already and it has been a good source of additional income for his family. He is a part-time rider.
A delivery crew extends his working hours as Angkas rider and he earns additional P500 per day.