Class suspension set in Davao due to transport strike on Oct. 16

DAVAO City Mayor Sara Duterte-Carpio declared on Friday the suspension of classes from kindergarten to college on Monday, October 16, due to the transport strike to be led by Transport of Southern Mindanao for Solidarity, Independence and Nationalism (Transmision-Piston).

Transmision-Piston-Davao spokesperson Edwin Fernandez told SunStar Davao in a phone interview Friday that the strike aims to protest against House Bill 4334 that will have a negative impact on the part of jeepney operators.

"We will also protest against Department Order 2016, which contains the Omnibus Franchising Guidelines, which dictates the scrapping of public utility vehicles (PUVs) and the trip management scheme which puts power to big operators in handling modernized units," he said in the vernacular.

"Davao supports the planned transport strike this Monday. Classes from kindergarten to college will be suspended," Duterte-Carpio said.

The city mayor said that the city fully respects the planned transport strike, adding that the city government of Davao will provide alternative transport options.

"The City Government of Davao will deploy buses to assist passengers. Let us all take this opportunity to observe the streets with fewer jeepneys and more buses as envisioned in the High Priority Bus System project for the Dabawenyos,” the mayor said.

Fernandez said that since Wednesday they have already given Notice of Strike (NOS) to the City Government of Davao, so that it can designate buses for stranded passengers.

He said that aside from the city, they have also given NOS to schools, public offices, establishments, to inform them that they will conduct a big transport strike.

Fernandez said they expect 100 percent participation of PUVs within Davao City in the strike.

"Those who will primary join are those from Bangkal, Ulas, Puan, Matina Pangi, Matina Aplaya, and Toril. Those from Routes 1 to 13 will also support the Transmision Piston strike," Fernandez added.

He said that Sasa route and PUVs travelling to Panacan, Bunawan, and Panabo also committed to join the strike.

The city mayor, however, reminded that crimes committed during the strike will not be tolerated, asking protesters to practice self-restraint in their actions.
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