Angeline Tham, founder and chief executive of on-demand motorcycle taxi service Angkas, has been recognized as one of the 400 best and brightest leaders in Asia for “coming up with a solution to Manila’s traffic jams.”
Tham joins Asia Tatler’s Generation T 2019 list, which recognizes some of Asia’s innovators in the realm of various industries including entertainment, food and beverage, retail, sports, and technology, among others.
According to Asia Tatler, “Angeline found a way around Manila’s constant heavy traffic with on-demand motorcycle taxi service: Angkas. The app has already been downloaded more than 2 million times and is one of the top transportation modes of choice for people living in cities across the Philippines.”
Asia Tatler also cited Angkas’ 99.99-plus percent safety record.
“Before Angkas, people were relying on habal-habal to cut travel time in half, which really has no certainty of safety while the drivers are unidentified,” shares Tham who left Grab after its motorcyle-hailing service folded in the Philippines.
She continues, “Angkas was our answer to motorcyclists’ reputation of being reckless drivers. And now, that notion is slowly diminishing.”
Tham is working towards offering free training for 18 million bikers nationwide.
The app also boasts efficiency in giving motorcyclists a decent means of livelihood. With the heavy demand of Angkas among commuters, some of the company’s biker-partners make a living three times the above minimum wage, or about P1,500 per day.
The Singapore-born entrepreneur believes that because of this “Angkas has no longer become a consumer-centric service. This is a platform that wants to empower every single person involved.”
“Whenever we receive an award or get invited to speak, it just further proves Angkas’ integrity as a public service. As much as we are humbled with these, the challenges always await,” states Tham.
Angkas is currently on a six-month pilot run until the end of this year. The Department of Transportation said data from the pilot implementation will be used in drafting the bill on legalizing motorcycle taxis.
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