Bicol transport groups revving up for Monday strike, execept Sorsogon

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SORSOGON CITY, Sorsogon Province, 25Nov2019 – Amid threats from LTFRB mandating transport groups to produce “show cause order”, Sorsogon transport groups will not join Monday’s strike, but, instead shall help other sectors mobilizing in mass action centers and appeal for unity to fight President Duterte’s PUV Modernization Program and the planned jeepney phaseout.

The Sorsogon Integrated Transport Federation (SITF) vows to fight the PUV Modernization Program and the nationwide jeepney phaseout, but the group will not join the 2-day strike starting Monday, this was divulged by Ramon Dealca, president of SITF.

“Instead, we will assist other sectors in their actions for unity, and their setting up of Mass Action Centers,” the transport leader said.

The Duterte administration is dead set on phasing-out the passenger jeepneys from the streets and to replace them with modern transport vehicles. The scheme will dislocate thousands of jeepney drivers and operators and shall cause hardships on their families.

According to transport groups, Duterte’s scheme will only benefit high-end operators, transport capitalists, and favored franchisees.

In a related development, various transport groups in the Bicol Region are ready for Monday’s 2-day strike. Bicol Transport Alliance, CONDOR-PISTON Bicol, and “No To Jeepney Phase Out Coalition” have shown the “green light” for the nationwide transport strike.

In Albay Province, Governor Al Francis Bichara allowed the suspension of classes in areas to be seriously affected by the transport strike. [Bicol Today]

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