NegOcc transport groups to join nationwide rally

TRANSPORT groups in Negros Occidental will join the nationwide transport strike against the phase-out of public utility vehicles (PUVs) bearing yellow plates on June 5 to 6 in time for the opening of classes in public schools.

Diego Malacad, secretary-general of United Negros Drivers and Operators Center, said that in preparation for the strike, they will hold a rally today to inform the public about their plans.

“This rally today is a sort of information dissemination,” he said.
Malacad said the original plan is to hold a one-week transport strike starting June 5, but it was eventually decided to be held for only two days.

The main agenda is to oppose House Bill 4334 in line with the Department of Transportation order, mandating the phase-out of public utility vehicles, including trucks that had been on the road for at least 15 years.

The phasing out of PUVs older than 15 years is in line with the modernization plans of the government.

“We are not ready for this yet. The government has not presented any alternative. We are surprised that the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board will implement this already on June 5. What will be the commuters' means of transportation then?” Malacad said.

He added that if the government pushes through with the plan, they will please only the operators having huge capitalization from P5 million to P6 million who can afford to acquire new units.
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