Several transport groups are said to stage another nationwide transport strike or tigil-pasada on Monday, February 27, 2017 to oppose modernization of jeepneys and other public transport.
The transport strike will be a protest against the government’s plan to phase out passenger jeepneys 15 years old and above in a bid to modernize transport vehicles and make these environmentally-friendly.
In Cebu City, about 700 members of the Pagkakaisa ng Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) Cebu Chapter and at least 200 tricycle drivers are joining the nationwide ‘Tigil Pasada’ on Monday to oppose the phasing out of 15-year-old jeepneys.
“We are asking the public’s understanding and sorry for the inconvenience. We also want to express our concern to the government,” Greg Perez, Piston Cebu coordinator, appealed during a press conference on Friday afternoon.
Transport organization, Solidarity of Transport in Region 10 (STAREX), based in Norther Mindanao will also joing PISTON the transport strike that might last for three (3) days.
Joe Gabatan of STAREX said that all transport organizations in Northern Mindanao that include taxicab drivers and operators, public utility jitneys, passenger buses, and all other public utility transport vehicles would join the mass action in the region.
Aside from demanding the rollback of the prices of oil, the local transport group would also demand the reconsideration of the phasing out of old public utility vehicles, Gabatan said.
In Iloilo City and Bacolod City, local trasport organizations will also join the “untat byahe” (the Ilonggo version of tigil pasada) simultaneous with the planned nationwide transport strike.
Joining the mass protest are the United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc), Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Associations (Febacda), Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros (Sstone), Kilusang Mayo Uno (KMU) and the Social Action Center.
About 90 percent of the drivers belonging to their group will not ply their routes on Monday to join the call to stop the phaseout of 15-year models of public utility vehicles, public utility jeepneys and public utility buses.
The first nationwide transport strike staged this year was earlier this month.