Transport strike on July 21

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Saturday, July 12, 2014


THE National Confederation of Transportworkers’ Union (NTCU) yesterday announced it will hold a transport strike on July 21 to oppose Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01 that carries “oppressive” fines and penalties for traffic violations.

NCTU Cebu chairperson Romeo Armamento said at least 10,000 jeepney and bus drivers in Cebu will be participating.

He said drivers of Vallacar Transit, which operates Ceres buses, will not be among them since the firm did not attend the union’s recent meeting.
He said the strike is the only recourse against the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

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Benjamin Ryan Yu, chairman of the Cebu Integrated Transport Service Cooperatives (Citrasco), told Sun.Star Cebu they also will not join the strike since they are filing a case against JAO 2014-01 in court.

“Under this law, there are violations of the drivers which are beyond the control of the operators but both are being required to pay very high fines and penalties,” Yu said.

He said there are also provisions in JAO 2014-01 that they don’t object to like the P1-million fine on colorum vehicles, driving against the influence of liquor and drugs, and fake documents covering vehicle registration or franchise.

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“We just want fairness. Why should we be made to pay fines on violations of the drivers which are beyond our control?” Yu said.

When sought to comment, Director Arnel Tancinco of the Land Transportation Office (LTO) 7 reminded the transport leaders that LTO will not prevent anybody from exercising their constitutional right to air their grievances, but they also have to remember their obligations to commuters, as provided for by Republic Act 4139 (Public Service Law) and other regulations.

Jonathan “Joy” Tumulak, head of operation and executive assistant of the Cebu City Traffic Operations and Management (Citom), said the strike will affect the poor commuters who might lose their income that day and not those who issued JAO 2014-01.

“It is illegal for them to strike. Commuters end up being inconvenienced by their act,” said Citom Executive Director Raphael Yap.

Edgar Espina Jr., president of the Teachers Dignity Coalition Mandaue City chapter, said they are against the strike because it can affect teachers and other commuters. (EOB)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 13, 2014.

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