Jeepney drivers to hold transport strike on Monday

Jeepney drivers are set to hold a transport strike on Monday. As such, commuters are advised to seek alternative means of transportation.

The jeepney drivers’ strike in Metro Manila and in selected provinces allegedly comes in protest of a looming jeepney phaseout.

According to reports, the jeepney strike will start on February 27 aiming to prod government to give up its planned phaseout of old jeepneys, and a required P7 million minimum capital for jeepney operators and 10 minimum units for each franchise.

It was also reported that transport group PISTON said its members in Metro Manila and allies in several provinces already confirmed participation in the strike.

For everyone’s information, the Metro Manila jeepney drivers will convene at Monumento Circle 6 a.m. on Monday, and at other “protest centers” around the city.

Allegedly, the transport groups will initially gather at the Quezon City Elliptical Circle around 11 a.m. before marching to Mendiola.

Previously reported, a similar transport strike happened early this February that caused hundreds of passengers to be stranded, and prompted some schools to cancel classes. (Read: Transport groups, to have transport strike on Monday)

The government however has help ease the public’s woes and deployed its vehicles to provide free rides to stranded commuters.

As of writing, the government has yet to announce if the same thing will happen for the upcoming strike.

However, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) said it has met with the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA), partner agencies and the transport sector to address the issues.

 

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