Iloilo prepares for transport strike coinciding with opening of classes
Posted: 2017-May-20 18.00.03 UTC+0800
ILOILO CITY — Preparations will be done for the transport strike which will coincide with the opening of classes on June 5 and 6, said Iloilo Governor Arthur Defensor Sr. on Thursday.
The Pinag-Isang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytors Nationwide (Piston) Panay Chapter, during their meeting on Wednesday has agreed to conduct a two-day transport strike as they continuously protest the phase out of jeepneys 15 years old and older.
"We will extend the needed assistance to ensure that our children can go to school and our employees to report the office," he stressed.
He said that all municipalities in the province would be directed to prepare their available vehicles to offer free rides for residents travelling to their desired places in the city or province.
He specifically said that Capitol service vehicles, ambulances, trucks, among others, would be used to transport passengers.
But Defensor said that the two-day strike would not be declared a holiday. Instead, he said that the "no work, no pay" policy would not be applied to government employees who would not be able to report to office while teachers would be encouraged to excuse children who would be absent on the said dates.
When jeepney drivers and operators joined the nationwide strike last February 27, Defensor coordinated with the local chief executives in every municipality to make contingency plans.
The provincial government has also made use of the Capitol's service vehicles that accommodated stranded employees and commuters.
The Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO) and other concerned offices were also tapped to provide assistance to the public. (PNA)