Transport groups start weeklong strike to protest jeepney phaseout | Inquirer News

Transport groups start weeklong strike to protest jeepney phaseout

By: - Reporter / @DYGalvezINQ
/ 09:30 AM March 06, 2023

MANILA, Philippines — To protest the impending jeepney phaseout under the government’s public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program, drivers and operators left their PUVs in their garages and instead took up banners to stage a weeklong transport strike starting on Monday, March 6.

Some drivers and operators held a protest in Monumento, Caloocan City, to call for the scrapping of the PUV modernization program, according to the Bayan Muna partylist.


Meanwhile, in photos from the Collegian, the University of the Philippines’ official student publication, different sectors were seen gathered at University Avenue in Quezon City in solidarity with the transport strike.

NOW: Different sectors gather at the University Avenue to show solidarity against the jeepney phaseout. This marks the…

Posted by Philippine Collegian on Sunday, March 5, 2023

For the government’s part, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said it is continuously monitoring the situation in its command center, and the agency has also prepositioned some of its vehicles to help commuters if needed.

“Ayon kay Chairman (Romando) Artes, maaga pa lamang ay naka-preposition at standby na ang mga sasakyan na  magsasakay mga pasahero na maaapektuhan ng transport strike. Idedeploy lamang ang mga sasakyan kung kinakailangan dahil marami ring bumibiyahe,” the agency said in a Face book post.

(According to Chairman Artes, the MMDA has prepositioned some vehicles to help transport commuters who will be affected by the strike. The vehicles will only be deployed if there will be a shortage of public transportation.)

Patuloy ang pagmomonitor ng sitwasyon sa mga pangunahing lansangan sa NCR sa unang araw ng transport strike sa command…

Posted by MMDA on Sunday, March 5, 2023

The MMDA earlier suspended the number coding scheme in response to the transport strike.

READ: MMDA lifts number coding scheme for Monday

Some local government units like Manila, Valenzuela, San Juan, and Pasay are offering free rides for their constituencies who may be affected by the strike.

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NICE ONE PASAY! KALA KO WALANG TRANSPORT STRIKE at HINDI AFFECTED ANG PASAY pero may PALIBRENG SAKAY.hmmmSana gang gabi at araw-araw ganito may libreng sakay dito sa BARANGAY 201😂😂😂

Posted by Gelz Diaz on Sunday, March 5, 2023

March 6, 2023 unang Araw umano Ng malawakang transport Strike. Ang sagot po Ng pamahalaang lunsod Ng San Juan ay itong…

Posted by Jehn Castro Sandrino on Sunday, March 5, 2023

According to the Manila Public Information Office, the city government has deployed over 300 vehicles including e-trikes, pick-ups, buses, and trucks that will help transport commuters free of charge from 5 a.m. to 10 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. starting Monday.

LOOK: Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna-Pangan oversees the deployment of more than 300 vehicles on Monday, March 6 due to the…

Posted by Manila Public Information Office on Sunday, March 5, 2023

Maaga po tayong nagpahanda ng mga LIBRENG SAKAY sa MAYNILA para sa mga kababayan nating posibleng maapektuhan ng…

Posted by Dra. Honey Lacuna on Sunday, March 5, 2023

The city government of Valenzuela, meanwhile, said they have vehicles on standby to help transport commuters if needed.

Handa ang Lungsod Valenzuela!SA MGA LARAWAN: Nakahanda at nakaantabay na ang ating #LibrengSakay vehicles upang…

Posted by Valenzuela City on Sunday, March 5, 2023

For its part, the Presidential Communications Office (PCO) said operations of the Edsa busway remain “normal,” adding that there are enough buses deployed amid the transport strike.

Nananatiling normal ang operasyon ng EDSA Busway at sapat ang bilang ng mga bus upang bigyang-serbisyo ang mga commuter ngayong unang araw ng tigil-pasada, ayon sa ulat ng inter-agency monitoring team

Posted by Presidential Communications Office on Sunday, March 5, 2023

The PCO also said that jeepneys in Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina, and San Juan continue to have normal operations.

It added that the Philippine National Police has also deployed vehicles that will offer free rides for commuters.

Patuloy ang normal na operasyon ng mga jeep sa Pasig, Mandaluyong, Marikina at San Juan sa kabila ng inaasahang…

Posted by Presidential Communications Office on Sunday, March 5, 2023

TAGS: jeepney phaseout, transport strike

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