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Manila prepares for transport strike on March 6

Manila transport strike contingency measures
Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna holds a meeting regarding contingency measures for the announced transport strike on Monday. With her are (from left) MDRRMO chief Arnel Angeles, MPD Director PBGen. Andre Dizon, the mayor's spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante and MTPB adviser Dennis Viaje. (JERRY S. TAN)

MANILA Mayor Honey Lacuna held an initial meeting in preparation for the planned strike of certain transport groups that would last for one week beginning on March 6, Monday.

The said meeting was held in her office at the Manila City Hall with Manila Police District (MPD) Director PBGen. Andre Dizon, Dennis Viaje of the Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau (MTPB), Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) chief Arnel Angeles and the mayor’s spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante.

Lacuna said contingency plans will be put in place in order to assist those who may be adversely affected by the said strike and ensure peace and orderliness until it is over.

She also appealed for sobriety and expressed hope that the strike will not be attended by any form of violence.

For their part, Dizon, Angeles and Viaje ensured that the full functions of their respective offices will be used to help the affected workers and commuters during the duration of the strike.

Viaje was tasked to provide buses that would take stranded passengers from Manila to any of the city’s boundaries.

Several transport groups have announced they will hold a strike to protest the government’s Public Utility Vehicles (PUV) Modernization Program.

The said strike is slated to take place from 7 a.m. of March 6 up to March 12, 2023.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) Secretary Jaime Bautista has attempted to hold a dialogue with the said transport group leaders but the latter declined.

The PUVs that will join the strike are from Metro Manila, Central Luzon, CALABARZON, Bicol Region and Cagayan De Oro.

Bautista stressed the need to modernize the country’s PUVs and cited the importance of “CASA” which, in the transport sector, means convenient, accessible, safe and secure, and affordable.

Itchie G. Cabayan
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