TRANSPORT group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) announced the cancellation of its two-day transport strike on December 4 and 5.
George San Mateo, Piston president, told The Manila Times on Sunday that the reasons for the cancellation would be to give way to the hearing on Thursday of Sen. Grace Poe, chairman of the Public Services Committee, and to prepare for a bigger strike if nothing will come out of it.
Poe called on the transport group to reconsider its planned strike to oppose the government’s impending implementation of the utility vehicles’ modernization program.
Piston, along with transport group No to Jeepney Phaseout Coalition, and other militant groups reiterated that it would instead hold a transport caravan on Monday and Tuesday.
“Bukas magtitipon tipon po kami sa Welcome Rotonda at 8:00 a.m., magka-caravan kami papuntang (University of Santo Tomas ng 11:00 a.m. para salubungin ang ibang sektor sa pangunguna ng Kilusang Mayo Uno at Bayan,” San Mateo said.
(We will gather at Welcome Rotonda at 8 a.m. for a caravan to meet up with other sectors led by the Kilusang Mayo Uno and Bayan.)
The groups will then proceed to Mendiola for the whole-day protest.
The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB), meanwhile, said that it would still alert its quick response teams so as not to compromise the safety of the commuters who could still be affected by Monday’s activities.
“We have directed the heads of the enforcement to check the routes involved, as well as the terminals of Piston, then we will decide by (Monday) noontime whether to continue monitoring (the road condition depending on the turnout of the protest),” said LTFRB spokesperson Aileen Lizada.
The last nationwide two-day transport strike was held last October 16 and 17.