Due to the 2nd day of nationwide transport strike, Malacañang has announced no classes October 17, 2017. Government offices will also be suspended.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea made the announcement late October 16, Monday. He pointed that “public health and safety” was considered for the class and work suspension.
“May transport strike, ulan, bagyo at walang masakyan. Baka magkasakit mga kawani ng gobyerno at mga estudyante kung maulanan at walang masakyan.” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar explained.
Transport group Piston (Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide) headed the two-day nationwide transport strike, which started earlier today. Piston is against DOTR’s (Department of Transportation) modernization program that introduced a new jeepney model that is “eco-freindly”. Each unit costs 1.5 million. Included also in the program is DOTR’s aim to phase-out PUVs aged 15 years or older.
Piston deems this PUV modernization program as anti-poor. The group claims drivers will have to pay P27,000 per month as amortization of the new jeepney,
Yesterday, Malacañang has yet to confirm that there will be no classes October 17, 2017 .
The announcement earlier today is that government offices and classes will resume on Tuesday. It was initially assessed that the commuting public will be barely affected according to government’s joint quick response team.