City to deploy trucks for transport strike

THE Bacolod City Government will deploy buses and trucks to seven barangays to ferry passengers during the two-day transport strike on June 5 and 6.

Mayor Evelio Leonardia said Wednesday, May 31, that it is the obligation of the local government to provide transportation to avoid disrupting the services in public and private offices.

He said they will deploy two tourist buses and 10 trucks of trash hauler IPM-Construction and Development Corp. to identified barangays.

These are Handumanan with three trucks; Estefania and Mansilingan, two trucks each; Alangilan, one truck; and Sum-ag and Bata, one bus each.

The United Negros Drivers and Operators Center had earlier announced that they will hold a transport strike in time for the opening of classes.

Leonardia said the buses and trucks will pick up passengers from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The mayor added that they will also finalize on Friday, June 2, the possible cancellation of classes in public schools as he is set to meet with officials of the Department of Education, Land Transportation Office, and Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

Leonardia said they will assess the situation first, but if the strike is expected to disrupt the majority of the commuters, they will call for the suspension of the classes.

He said it is the right of the transport group to hold a strike and they will not stop them.
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