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Mayor Honey dissuades saboteurs of ‘Oplan: Libreng Sakay’ in Manila

Manila Oplan Libreng Sakay
Mayor Honey Lacuna discusses the measures being taken by the city regarding the transport strike with (from her right) spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante, MTPB chief Zenaida Viaje, MTBP adviser Dennis Viaje, MDRRMO chief Arnel Angeles, MPD Director PBGen. Andre Dizon and chief of staff Joshue Santiago. Behind Dennis is Councilor Awi Sia and photo was taken near the Bonifacio Shrine at 5 a.m. (JERRY S. TAN)

“Sa mga may balak manggulo, ‘wag na po ninyong ituloy dahil nakahanda po ang ating kapulisan na panatilihin ang peace and order sa ating lungsod.”

This assurance was made by Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna, as she led the deployment of over 300 different kinds of vehicles at 5 a.m. yesterday, to ferry commuters who may be stranded as a result of the announced weeklong strike of certain transportation groups in Metro Manila.

Lacuna was joined by Manila Police District (MPD) Director PBGen. Andre Dizon, Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau chief Zenaida Viaje and adviser Dennis Viaje and Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (MDRRMO) Director Arnel Angeles, Councilor Awi Sia, spokesperson Atty. Princess Abante and chief of staff Joshue Santiago as she addressed the drivers of the vehicles involved in the “Oplan: Libreng Sakay“.

The lady mayor thanked Dizon for providing 11 pick-up vehicles and three huge trucks while the rest were provided by the city government.

The vehicles consisted of about 300 E-trikes, several pick-up trucks,17 buses and three transport buses from the MPD, among others.

Lacuna said that the said vehicles deployed by the local government will go around the city for as long as the stike lasts, to ferry stranded commuters from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m. and again from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

According to the mayor, the city government of Manila does not expect much impact since all departments have taken it upon themselves to provide their employes who may be affected by the strike with the necessary transportation so they could report to work as usual.

The mayor added that her directive for the holding of online classes is also expected to mitigate the effects of the transport strike.

“At least malaking kabawasan po ito sa gagamit ng public transportation,” she said.

Lacuna said Dizon also assured her that enough policemen have been deployed to ensure that those who will attempt to disrupt the “Oplan:Libreng Sakay” in any way will be stopped in their tracks.

“May mga kapulisan sa lahat ng lugar to ensure peace and order and walang manggugulo sa mga jeep na di sumali sa strike at sa mga gustong mag-avail ng libreng sakay. May mga traffic enforcer din tayong naka-assign sa loob ng mga bus to ensure na maayos,” she said.

In her short message before the deployment of vehicles, Lacuna directed the drivers not to charge the commuters and to stretch their patience for stranded passengers who may race for slots in their desire to make it to their destinations on time.

To the passengers, Lacuna had this to say: “konting pasensiya lamang po at makakarating din naman po tayo sa ating pupuntahan.”

Itchie G. Cabayan
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