The Palawan Motorcycle Organization (PMO), an alliance of 21 clubs of community riders, will offer “free rides” to “share the love” on Valentine’s Day, February 14, to students in three selected barangays.
Under the theme “Share Love, Free Ride”, the PMO said it will be their first charity ride in relation to the tricycle ban that has made transportation scarce for a lot of students, especially in Barangays San Manuel, San Pedro, and Tiniguiban.
PMO president Eduard Miagao said they already have other plans for this month, however, they saw the need of the students who are having difficulties commuting to their schools due to the trike ban that started on February 6.
“Nakita namin na mas may impact kung gagawin namin ang activity para sa mga students na nahihirapan sa pagsakay papunta sa kanilang school. Ang Palawan Motorcycle Organization is always for the right of our motorists and commuters. We feel their struggle every morning and we just want to make them happy just even for that day,” Miagao said.
“Dapat sana ang activity namin ay para sa Love Affair with Nature, pero kasi nga na-cancel siya kaya ito na lang free ride para sa mga students ang gagawin namin sa Valentine’s Day,” he added.
Some 40 riders, Miagao said, will converge at 6 a.m. at Junction 2 before they are sent out in three groups to head to San Manuel, San Pedro, and Tiniguiban to convey students for free. Their free service will end at 8 a.m. but will resume at 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Students can avail of the free rides by just showing their school IDs.
Miagao said they are not advertising any private company for the charity ride on Valentine’s Day, explaining it is all about volunteerism and the pure intention to let student commuters know that somebody is there to help them.
“Hindi kami nag-a-advertise ng angkas service although mga ka-grupo namin ‘yong nag-aalok. Ang sa amin ay para lang makatulong kahit sa February 14 lang muna. Pero umaasa rin kami na magkaroon ng angkas dito pero sa legal na paraan,” he said.
He said to ensure the safety of student-passengers, each rider will carry an extra helmet and obey the 40 kilometers per hour speed rule on the national highways.
Each rider will also wear his/her club reflectorized vest that has his/her name or alias with the sign “Share Love, Free Ride”, and red and black shirt for additional identification.