“Angkas” Allowed In Baguio… Not With Anyone Else But Family Though

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BAGUIO CITY –  “Angkas” is allowed now in Baguio City but now with anyone else but immediate family members.

The authorization is limited to the driver’s immediate family only, Baguio City Mayor Benjamin Magalong said as he reiterated, households who wish to avail of this privilege must secure a certification from their respective barangay indicating the driver’s name, motorcycle plate number, names of projected passenger(s) and their relationship to the driver.

Barangay officials are tasked with ensuring the kinship of the driver and their projected passenger or “angkas,” as well as ensuring that they both reside in the same household.

The issue emerged last Monday’s City Council session where the Mayor attended.  Councilor Joel Alangsab raised the public clamor to allow motorcycle passengers, adding other local government units allow it.

Though the National Inter Agency Task Force (IATF) guidelines generally does not allow “angkas”, Interior and Local Government Secretary Eduardo Ano acknowledges that there are instances when the local government units know what works best in their locales, Magalong said.

Though allowing “angkas”, the City Mayor reminded motorcycle drivers to strictly abide by existing national laws and local policies related to motorcycle driving, as well as GCQ protocols in the City.

Artemio Dumlao