By Joey Natividad
LEGAZPI CITY, Albay, 26Feb2017 (BicolToday.com) – Bicol University on Sunday suspended classes for Monday owing to looming nationwide jeepney strike, while City Mayor Noel Ebriega Rosal declared no classes for elementary and high students.
Elsewhere in the Bicol Region, other cities and universities and colleges have not yet announced if classes will be suspended but they are expected to announce soon.
Jeepney drivers nationwide, especially in Metro Manila, shall launch a strike to protest government drive to phaseout the jeepney from key streets as the Emergency Traffic Power Bill looms to axe down the jeepney transport as mode of popular public transport.
Jeepney drivers and operators in the Bicol Region will join the protest in coordination with their counterparts nationwide.
Arnulfo M. Mascariñas, BU President IV, ordered Sunday university classes suspended but required the faculty to report for meetings on Monday as they will be ferried by university vehicles.
City Mayor Rosal, in a related move, also suspended the city elementary and high schools to spare the students from the inconvenience to be caused by Monday strike.
Meanwhile, progressive groups in the region vowed to give their support to striking drivers as they blame President Duterte’s shifting pro-big business, neo -liberal economic policies- considered a copycat economic agenda from the previous Arroyo and Aquino Administrations.
Bicol drivers and operators have formed a coalition against the jeepney phaseout as the government is focusing on driving out the jeepney in favor of the private mass transport systems that will assure transport monopoly on key areas and amassing huge profits.
CONDOR Bicol and PISTON jeepney groups spearhead this coalition. [BicolToday.com]