Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade has instructed the Land Transportation Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and the Land Transportation Office (LTO) to cancel the franchises and licenses of the public utility vehicles (PUV) operators and drivers who will join the transport strike on December 4 and 5, the DOTr said in a statement on Wednesday.
Tugade said the government won’t allow disruption of public transportation.
The Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) led by its president, George San Mateo, has repeatedly conducted transport strikes against the PUV modernization program which is slated take effect in January.
“We have invited Piston to dialogues but they still insisted on holding strikes. Other transport groups sat down with us and we discussed the program together,” Tugade said.
“I am positive that when they do, they will understand and they will agree that it is time to overhaul the public transportation system,” Tugade added.