CITY OF SAN FERNANDO -- Local government units of Pampanga on Monday, October 16, mobilized government vehicles to assist commuters affected by the transport strike launched by jeepney drivers and operators.
The City Government of San Fernando fielded some of its rescue trucks and a bus to transport workers from the city proper to Barangay Telasbastagan.
The City Government designated the City Hall and Barangay Telabastagan, which is the boundary of the City of San Fernando and Angeles City, as pick-up and drop-off points of the “libreng sakay” (free transportation service) which started from 6:00 a.m. onwards.
The local government of Sto. Tomas also mobilized the seven barangay service vehicles and the municipal bus to assist commuters travelling from Sto. Tomas to the City of San Fernando.
According to Municipal Information Officer Jeffrey Gomez, the pick-up and drop-off points of the free transportation service were set on the seven barangays going to Baluyut Bridge in the City of San Fernando and vice-versa.
Commuters from Minalin town also benefitted from the “libreng sakay” sponsored by the local government using barangay service vehicles.
From 7:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., commuters from the town proper and Domalouis area going to the City of San Fernando and vice-versa rode on government vehicles for free.
Likewise, the local government and Philippine National Police in San Luis town also provided a whole day “libreng sakay” to commuters from the said town going to Mexico roundabout and the City of San Fernando.
The “libreng-sakay” program was launched by local government units in line with the massive transport hike set by jeepney drivers and operators in Pampanga led by Pagkakaisa ng mga Samahan ng Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON).
The transport strike held yesterday and expected to run until today, Tuesday, aims to protest the government's jeepney modernization program which is seen to gradually phase out public utility jeepneys in the country.