CAVITE: Nine hundred minibuses will go on strike this week following Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Resolution 2013-01 that will phase out buses that are 15 years old and above.
The plan to remove old buses from the roads of Cavite was supposed to take effect on February 28, 2014 and was denounced by minibus operators and drivers.
Rosario Mayor Jose “Nonong” Ricafrente said he has talked with Ferdie Abad, president of the Cavite Zapote-Naic Transport Association (Cazanata), regarding the impending strike and advised him to do this peacefully and orderly.
The transport group composed of 103 minibus operators and 900 buses plying different parts of Cavite, has promised to abide by the law.
The LTFRB executive order will penalize violators with P200,000 for each vehicle. The transport group asked the LTFRB to suspend the order since is members have little or no money.
Although Ricafrente is aware that the strike will affect many commuters, he supports the bus drivers and operators whose families will suffer most because of the resolution.
The minibus operators said they have invested P700,000 for each bus and they might end up bankrupt if the LTFRB pushes through with the planned phase out.
Rod Enriquez, Cazanata vice president and a bus operator, said the strike will also affect businesses like auto spare parts suppliers, vulcanizing shops, tire stores, and gasoline stations.