Bacolod might suspend classes due to transport strike

BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Monday that he will suspend classes in public schools in the city on June 5 and 6 if the transport strike will disrupt the mobility of majority of the commuters.

Leonardia said he will meet with the composite team, headed by the City Mayor's Office, along with the Department of Education, Land Transportation Office, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board on Friday.

"We will assess the situation first, but if it will disrupt the mobility of the majority, we will call for the suspension of the classes," he said.

The United Negros Drivers and Operators Center earlier announced that they will hold a transport strike during the opening of classes on June 5 and 6.

Leonardia said he already talked to City Schools Division Superintendent Cynthia Demavivas for the possible cancellation of the classes.

"It is the right of the transport group to hold a strike and we will not stop them," the mayor said.

He added that the City Government will also provide transportation facilities to commuters who might be stranded in various areas.

The City Government also requested the IPM-Construction and Development Corp. to provide dump trucks in various barangays to pick up the stranded commuters.
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