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LTFRB deploys buses for jeepney transport strike

The Stop & Go Transport Coalition, which organized the strike, said the government plan to phase out jeepneys is anti-poor and only favors rich transport operators. File photo
MANILA, Philippines — The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will provide free rides to commuters stranded by a transport strike against the phaseout of old jeepneys.
 
According to a report on News5 on Monday, the two-day transport strike is expected to affect Metro Manila, Pampanga, Bulacan and the Calabarzon region.
 
The Stop & Go Transport Coalition, which organized the strike, said the government plan to phase out jeepneys older than 15 years old is anti-poor and only favors rich transport operators.
 
 
Radyo5 reported Monday that commuters in Caloocan City were not having trouble getting rides as of 7 a.m., although many had opted to leave home early just in case.
 
Jeepneys were still operating despite the strike supposedly starting at 6 a.m.
 
LTFRB board member Aileen Lizada, also board spokesperson, said in an interview on DZMM TeleRadyo on Monday that the LTFRB has deployed 70 buses in seven staging areas for commuters affected by the strike.
 
According to an RMN report shared on LTFRB's Twitter account, the staging areas are
 
  • Monumento
  • SM Marikina
  • Luneta parade ground
  • HK Sun Plaza
  • UP–Ayala Land TechnoHub in Quezon City
  • MMDA parking lot
  • Camp Aguinaldo 
 
"This is only one group, Stop and Go, but we have the support of the rest. All of the other transport groups are on the road," Lizada said on DZMM TeleRadyo
 
George San Mateo, president of transport group Piston (Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide), confirmed on News5 that his group is not participating in this week's transport strike but said they are opposed to the jeepney modernization plan.
 
He said Piston is planning a nationwide strike next month.
 
He said the plan to replace old jeepneys with modern vehicles will kill off smaller transport operations in favor of corporate franchises.

 

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