Province-wide transport strike looms

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

AFTER holding a five-hour transport strike in Bacolod City Monday, drivers and operators belonging to United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) disclosed plans to hold province-wide “untat biyahe” in the coming weeks.

Diego Malacad, secretary general of Undoc, said the transport strike on Monday, which started at 8 a.m., was participated by their members plying the northbound route.

He said they condemn the continuing increase in the prices of petroleum products. Today, oil companies will impose another increase of P1.40 per liter for diesel and P1.30 per liter for gasoline.

Malacad said they also appeal for government action on the disparity in the prices of fuels in Negros Occidental and other provinces.

There has been clamor by local government officials and business and transport sectors to reduce fuel prices in Bacolod and Negros Occidental but this remained unresolved until now, he said.

The drivers and operators are also urging the government to act against the oil cartel and monopoly of the big companies in the oil industry, Malacad added.

He said that if government remains deaf on their concerns, they agreed to hold a province-wide transport strike on a date that they will set in their future meetings. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on December 03, 2013.

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