THE Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is ready for tomorrow’s “tigil pasada” or strike by some transport groups.
The assurance was made by Chairman Martin Delgra III of (LTFRB) concerning the scheduled holiday by Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations, Stop and Go Coalitions, Pinagisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide and Central Luzon Transport Group.
In a text message Delgra said buses will be deployed in 9 designated staging areas across Metro Manila to ensure public utility vehicles are available for the commuters.
Chairman Delgra said coordinated meetings were held with Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, Armed Forces of the Philippines, Inter-Agency Council on Traffic, and PNP-Highway Patrol Group (MMDA, AFP, I-ACT, PNP-HPG) in preparation for tomorrow’s tigil pasada.
Meanwhile Obet Martin of PASANG MASDA has assured the public they will not participate in the scheduled transport holiday.
“We are constructive leaders, not destructive,” Martin said.
In separate interview Zeny Maranan, national president of Federations of Jeepney Operators and Driver’s Associations of the Philippines (FEJODAP), also said her group will join the tigil pasada.
“Our group have also common issues but we believe in open communication. If there is a problem it would be better to talk and discuss the disagreement instead of bringing the issue to the road,” said Maranan.
Earlier the Department of Transportation and LTFRB cancelled the franchises of 20 operators whose drivers participated in tigil pasada in 2017.