PNP to provide free ride; deploys 9,000 cops due to transport strike
MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine National Police (PNP) is set to deploy over 900 vehicles to provide free ride in its “Libreng Sakay” program for Metro Manila commuters affected by the upcoming three-day nationwide transport strike.
Aside from the vehicles, PNP spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo said more than 9,000 personnel of the police force will likewise be dispatched to crowded areas across the country.
“[There will be] 924 police vehicles and 9,300 plus PNP personnel will be deployed nationwide for the transport strike,” Fajardo told INQUIRER.net in a Viber message.
This deployment includes about 25 vehicles from the Quezon City Police District that will be accessible at strategic points within its covered areas.
It will likewise send off personnel to conduct foot, mobile, and motorcycle patrols and install checkpoints in various parts of the city to prevent the proliferation of illegal activities during the strike.
Last November 15, transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) announced its plan to conduct a three-day strike nationwide in protest of the December 31 deadline for the consolidation of traditional public utility jeepneys.