Transport strike looms before Sona

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Thursday, July 17, 2014


A NATIONWIDE transport strike that would include Bacolod City and Negros Occidental is scheduled before President Benigno Aquino delivers his State of the Nation Address (Sona) on July 28.

Diego Malacad, secretary general of the United Negros Drivers Association (Undoc), said that their main issue in holding the transport strike is the joint administrative order of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) that imposes huge penalties against colorum vehicles.

"We want to make sure that we don't hamper the school classes", he said.

Malacad said they are protesting the implementation of the administrative order despite the 120 days hold-order issued by the Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) which should take effect in October.

LTFRB regional director Romulo Bernaldes confirmed that two operators in Western Visayas have already been slapped of the P1-million penalties for violating the administrative order.

The two operators are from Negros Occidental and Aklan.

Meanwhile, Frank Carbon, president the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said that the drivers associations have not yet solicited their opinion about the holding of the transport strike.

Businessmen are mostly affected of the said administrative order. (TDE)

Published in the Sun.Star Bacolod newspaper on July 17, 2014.

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