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Friday, September 20, 2019

City Hall readies vans, trucks for transport strike

SEVEN government-owned vehicles will be fielded by the Mandaue City Government to ferry stranded passengers on Monday if drivers of public utility jeepeys (PUJ) will join the transport strike.

Glenn Antigua, chief for operations of the Traffic Enforcement Agency of Mandaue (Team), said the vehicles will be on standby as early as 5 a.m. in front of City Hall.

The City will be fielding five L300 vans and two flatbed trucks. The City has also reserved coasters and dump trucks from the barangays.

The vehicles will provide free rides to Cebu City and Consolacion.

For those going to Cebu City, the drop-off points are the terminal in Ayala Center Cebu, SM City Cebu and Foodland in Barangay Banilad, Mandaue.

For those going to the northern towns, the drop-off point will be SM Consolacion.

“The affected commuters may call our command center so we can provide assistance to them or they can directly go to City Hall to avail of the free rides,” Antigua said.

All the traffic enforcers of Team will also be on full alert on Monday, he added.

Antigua asked the commuters to leave as early as possible so they will not be late for work or school.

The transport operators and drivers’ group plan to hold a strike on Monday to show their opposition to the government’s plan to replace jeepneys over 15 years old.

As of yesterday, however, Antigua said they have not received any confirmation from the jeepney drivers that they will join the strike.

He said they will know the decision of the transport groups today.
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