On December 20, Angkas released an official statement saying that about 17,000 Angkas bikers would lose their jobs in 2020.
In the statement, they also acknowledged how difficult it has been to book a ride for the past few weeks and explained that it was because they couldn’t increase the number of bikers they have after LTFRB forbade them to do so. In addition, LTFRB would also be cutting the number of allowed bikers to only 10,000 from the original 27,000 riders they employed. This means that 17,000 bikers would be jobless by 2020. The statement broke netizens' hearts and support started pouring in via the hashtag #SaveAngkas.
Aside from being known for their witty and punny tweets on social media, Angkas has been popular among students whose primary means of travel is public transportation, especially because it's a more affordable option compared to hiring a car driver. In October this year, they also gave students free rides from Santolan to Recto Station and vice versa, when a couple of LRT 2 stations’ operations were suspended for repair and maintenance. They also released a promo code for those bound for University Belt and Legarda station for the same reason.
The ridesharing company also offers a 20 percent student discount valid for a whole year. (Ed's note: Students who are currently enrolled for the school year may register by simply presenting their registration form and a valid school ID.)
A few hours after they released the statement, Angkas announced that they will be having a #SaveAngkas Unity Gathering on December 22 at EDSA Kalayaan Shrine where everyone is welcome to join and support their cause to help 17,000 Angkas bikers keep their jobs.
Local celebs and personalities joined in to show support for the movement and shared their thoughts on their Twitter accounts.