Classes sus­pended

Trans­port strike set Mon­day

Sun.Star Davao - - FRONT PAGE - By Karina V. Cañedo

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Z. Duterte-Car­pio yes­ter­day de­clared the sus­pen­sion of classes from kinder­garten to col­lege on Mon­day due to the trans­port strike to be led by Trans­port of South­ern Min­danao for Sol­i­dar­ity, In­de­pen­dence and Na­tion­al­ism (Trans­mi­sion-Pis­ton).

Trans­mi­sion-Pis­ton-Davao spokesper­son Ed­win Fer­nan­dez told Sun. Star Davao in a phone in­ter­view yes­ter­day that the strike aims to protest against House Bill 4334 that will have a neg­a­tive im­pact on the part of

jeep­ney op­er­a­tors.

"We will also protest against De­part­ment Or­der 2016, which con­tains the Om­nibus Fran­chis­ing Guide­lines, which dic­tates the scrap­ping of pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles and the trip man­age­ment scheme which puts power to big op­er­a­tors in han­dling mod­ern­ized units," he said in the ver­nac­u­lar.

"Davao sup­ports the planned trans­port strike this Mon­day. Classes from kinder­garten to col­lege will be sus­pended," Duterte-Car­pio said.

She said that the city fully re­spects the planned trans­port strike, adding that the city gov­ern­ment of Davao will pro­vide al­ter­na­tive trans­port op­tions.

"The City Gov­ern­ment of Davao will de­ploy buses to as­sist pas­sen­gers. Let us all take this op­por­tu­nity to ob­serve the streets with fewer jeep­neys and more buses as en­vi­sioned in the High Pri­or­ity Bus sys­tem project for the Dabawenyos,” she said.

Fer­nan­dez said that since Wed­nes­day they have al­ready given No­tice of Strike (NOS) to the City Gov­ern­ment of Davao, so that it can des­ig­nate buses for stranded pas­sen­gers.

He said aside from the city, they have also given NOS to schools, pub­lic of­fices, es­tab­lish­ments, to in­form them that they will con­duct a big trans­port strike.

Fer­nan­dez said they ex­pect 100 per­cent par­tic­i­pa­tion of pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles within Davao City in the strike.

He said that driv­ers form dif­fer­ent routes will be join­ing.

"Those who will pri­mary join are those from Bangkal, Ulas, Puan, Matina Pangi, Matina Aplaya, and To­ril. Those from Routes 1 to 13 will also sup­port the Trans­mi­sion Pis­ton strike," Fer­nan­dez added.

He said that Sasa route, and pub­lic util­ity ve­hi­cles (PUV) trav­el­ling to Panacan, Bu­nawan, and Pan­abo also com­mit­ted to join the strike.

The city mayor, how­ever, re­minded that crimes com­mit­ted dur­ing the strike will not be tol­er­ated, ask­ing pro­test­ers to prac­tice self-re­straint in their ac­tions.

Duterte-Car­pio added that Traf­fic Chief Dion­i­sio Abude will be the point per­son for the city gov­ern­ment for the strike.

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