Pis­ton can­cels trans­port strike

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HEED­ING the call of Sen­a­tor Grace Poe, trans­port group Pi­nagkaisang Sama­han ng mga Tsu­per at Op­er­a­tor Na­tion­wide (Pis­ton) has called off the two-day na­tion­wide trans­port strike set for Mon­day and Tues­day, De­cem­ber 4 and 5.

At a press con­fer­ence, Pis­ton head Ge­orge Ma­teo said that in­stead of a trans­port strike, Pis­ton will stage a car­a­van protest against the jeep­ney phase­out pro­gram on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 4, from Que­zon City to Men­di­ola.

Ma­teo said their de­ci­sion was prompted by Sen­a­tor Poe’s ap­peal to can­cel their trans­port strike and in­stead sit down with the se­na­tors in a Se­nate hear­ing on Thurs­day, De­cem­ber 7, on the pro­posed jeep­ney mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram.

On Satur­day, Poe said she will file a res­o­lu­tion urg­ing the Se­nate com­mit­tee on public ser­vices to meet with the trans­port agen­cies op­pos­ing the gov­ern­ment’s planned jeep­ney phase­out.

The sen­a­tor said she un­der­stands that there are is­sues in the pro­gram that still needs to be ex­am­ined by the trans­porta­tion sec­tor.

In a state­ment on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 3, Poe re­it­er­ated her vow to look into the mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram.

“As I have com­mit­ted, I will call a hear­ing to dis­cuss with all the stake­hold­ers is­sues con­fronting the trans­port sec­tor, in­clud­ing the planned jeep­ney mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram with the view of ad­dress­ing their con­cerns,” she said.

“Isaalang-alang natin ang ka­pakanan ng bawat isa - jeep­ney driver, op­er­a­tor, man­anakay at karani­wang ma­ma­mayan - tungo sa pagha­hanap ng so­lusyon (We shall con­sider the plight of ev­ery­one - jeep­ney driver, op­er­a­tor, com­muters and or­di­nary cit­i­zens - in our quest for a so­lu­tion),” she added.

The jeep­ney mod­ern­iza­tion pro­gram aims to phase out jeep­neys that are 15 years and older and re­place them with new mod­els.

Last Oc­to­ber, Pis­ton led a two-day strike prompt­ing Mala­cañang to sus­pend work and classes na­tion­wide.

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