The Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) – Cebu chapter said it will join a nationwide protest-rallies on Monday and Tuesday against the government’s plan to phase out old jeepneys but only for half-a-day.
Greg Perez, Piston–Cebu coordinator, said on Monday they will also ask for a dialogue with officials of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) in Region 7 since they were not given a chance to air their side on the transport modernization plan.
He said they are not against the modernization plan but the jeepney operators and drivers in Cebu also want to regulate some routes in order not to obstruct the flow of the traffic, among others.
Joining the group’s rally are tricycle drivers who claim to also be affected by the modernization program and several concerned groups.
Cebu City and other local government units in the province will deploy shuttle buses for passengers who will be affected by the transport strike. A police officer will be assigned to board the shuttle buses.
No classes in Albay
Meanwhile, Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara ordered the suspension of classes in all levels, both private and public, on Monday and Tuesday with the impending mass transport strike by local transport group.
“In view of the impending mass transport strike on December 4-5, 2017 by the transport sector and in order to maintain peace and order and public safety, the PDRRMC [Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council] orders the suspension of classes in all level except in the island barangays and areas,” the governor said in his directive.
The order does not cover those schools located in the island barangay (villages).
However, there is no suspension of work in private and government offices.
Bichara suggested that early marketing and buying of food stuffs, medicines and other errands must be done and the public is advised to avoid unnecessary movements until the public transport system in the province resumes.
He also ordered ambulances of all local government units to be on standby to assist emergency cases within their respective areas.
with RHAYDZ B. BARCIA