FORTY-SIX associations of public utility jeepney, taxi, bus and tricycle under United Negros Drivers and Operators Center (Undoc) are planning to hold a transport strike in the middle of July, its leader said.

Secretary-General Diego Malacad said they are now coordinating with the national group of Piston for its approval to conduct a one-day strike in the province.

Malacad said the transport group is calling for a moratorium on the 12 percent value added tax on fuel products, about 50 percent of which is attributed to the existing price of about P32 and P47 per liter of diesel and gasoline, respectively.

He said they are supposed to hold the transport strike in June, but in consideration with the opening of classes, they opted to stage it by first or second week of July.

Undoc is also planning to ask the church and the business sector through Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry to join the protest action, he added.

Meanwhile, Malacad said the 50-centavo per liter rollback for diesel and 60-centavo per liter for gasoline this week is just a “temporary relief” for the transport sector as prices are again expected to increase in the coming weeks.