The Philippine Red Cross (PRC) partners with Angkas, the first and largest app-based professional motorcycle taxi service in the country to assist in the delivery of humanitarian interventions such as blood needs, first aid and other responses in relation to the fight against COVID-19.
A ceremonial signing of the memorandum of agreement will be held at the PRC Logistics and Multipurpose Center (PLMC) on February 24, 2021. The event will be attended by PRC Chairman and CEO Sen. Richard Gordon, Secretary General Ms. Elizabeth Zavalla, Assistant Secretary General for Programs and Services Ms. Christie Nalupta, and representatives from Angkas, Chief Transport Advocate and Co-founder Mr. George Royeca, and the Head of Operations Mr. David Medrana.
The partnership includes PRC membership program enrolment of all Angkas riders, employees, and family members. In line with this, Angkas riders will also become volunteers under the Red Cross 143 program.
The Angkas riders will receive first aid and CPR trainings, which will enable them to respond to road accidents and give immediate help, becoming emergency responders on the road even during disasters. As PRC expands its sample collection sites in different malls, Angkas riders will be trained to do home service for saliva testing, making COVID-19 testing faster, more convenient, and accessible to those who are unable to leave their homes.
“Today is the beginning of a new chapter in our journey for recognition and legitimacy, ” expressed Angkas’ Mr. George Royeca.