Classes, gov’t work resume today

BACOLOD City Mayor Evelio Leonardia said that government work and classes in both public and private schools in the city resume Tuesday, October 17.

Leonardia said the Executive Order No. 31 is effective only for one day.

“The rationale was, we would like to synchronize with the National Government. There should be in harmony with the policy of the National Government because this is a nationwide endeavor," he said.

On Monday, Malacañang suspended work in all government offices and classes in both public and private schools nationwide to minimize inconvenience due to the two-day transport strike.

The Department of Education also issued a memorandum suspending all classes nationwide from kindergarten to Grade 12 in both public and private schools.

The United Negros Drivers Operators Center (Undoc), Sentrong Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Negros (Sstone), and Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Association (Febacda), however, did not join the strike since the 38th MassKara Festival is ongoing.

Transport groups in the country are opposing the plan of the government to phase out old jeepneys.

Leonardia said he is thankful to the transport groups for supporting the 38th MassKara Festival.

“This is another instance when we can say that one of the factors why MassKara is this big, is because we have the support and cooperation of all the sectors,” he said.

The mayor said the transport groups are big factors and contributors to the success of the MassKara Festival and they are indispensable.

Diego Malacad, secretary-general of Undoc, said they did not join the nationwide strike as they don’t want to cause inconvenience to tourists and visitors.

He said about 1,000 drivers, along with members of militant groups, joined the lighting march rally at noon yesterday from the Provincial Capitol Park and Lagoon to the Fountain of Justice.

They also stopped in front of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board office and held a noise barrage.
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