MALACAÑANG announced on Sunday the suspension of classes in both public and private schools and work in all government offices nationwide to avoid public inconvenience due to planned two-day transport strike.
The Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) along with other militant groups are set to conduct a transport strike from October 16-17 to oppose the government's Public Utility Jeepney Phaseout program.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar said the suspension will only be for Monday.
He also said the work suspension in private offices is not covered as it is subject to the discretion of their employers.
Piston national president George San Mateo said the jeepney modernization will affect thousands of jeepney drivers as well as their families as it will require them to buy a new vehicle which is more expensive.
"Duterte has not only rejected our demand to junk the previous Aquino administration's PUJ phaseout program, he is now even rushing its implementation to complete the monopoly take-over of our livelihood by his big business cronies and foreign auto industry giants," he said.