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MMDA recruits riders to serve as road emergency responders.

A memorandum of understanding was inked on Friday by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the motorcycle taxi ride-hailing services Angkas and JoyRide PH to provide certified motorcycle emergency responders (MERs).

At the MMDA offices in Makati City, the MOU was signed by Angkas Chief Executive Officer George Royeca, JoyRide PH Vice President Jerico Meneses, and MMDA Acting Chair Carlo Dimayuga III.

Dimayuga claimed that the agency worked with the two businesses to increase its resources for emergencies like traffic accidents in the city.

Through their corporate social responsibility efforts, Angkas and JoyRide—despite being rivals—have expanded their services by giving MERs to the MMDA at no cost.

In cooperation with the Philippine Red Cross and the Department of Health, the MMDA’s Public Safety Division and Road Emergency Group will give training for 25 riders from Angkas and JoyRide, respectively.

First-aid kits and other tools and supplies frequently required for medical emergencies are included in MERs. Metro Manila’s seven main thoroughfares—Edsa, C5, Commonwealth, Roxas Boulevard, Quezon Avenue, Osmea Highway, and Marcos Highway—will only respond to traffic accidents or incidents.

This collaboration, according to Royeca, proves that there is no competition among bike-hailing companies.

He said, “This demonstrates that those of us in the motorbike industry are individuals of public service.”

Meneses also expressed gratitude to the MMDA for accepting its invitation to work with it as first responders.

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