2-day Piston strike won’t paralyze transportation, says official

CEBU. Members of Piston-Cebu hold a transport strike Thursday, December 14, 2023, along P. del Rosario St. and Osmeña Boulevard in Cebu City.
CEBU. Members of Piston-Cebu hold a transport strike Thursday, December 14, 2023, along P. del Rosario St. and Osmeña Boulevard in Cebu City.Photo by Amper Campana

THE announced two-day transportation holiday by a coalition of local traditional jeepney drivers and operators in Metro Cebu will not disrupt public transportation, a land traffic official said.

Reynaldo Elnar, chief transportation development officer of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Central Visayas, said that if Piston proceeds with the strike, it is part of its rights to expression.

But he urged the Piston members to carry the protest in a non-violent manner.

CEBU. Members of Piston-Cebu hold a transport strike Thursday, December 14, 2023, along P. del Rosario St. and Osmeña Boulevard in Cebu City.
Piston-Cebu to hold transport strike on December 14-15

"They have the right to do what they want with their right to express, and they can do it since it is their job," he said.

Elnar said they have not yet been notified about the planned strike by Piston.

But he said that commuters will not be affected by it.

If transportation will be paralyzed, they will ask bus liners, transport cooperatives, and corporations to operate on the abandoned routes.

Elnar also noted that the transport strike that was conducted by Piston members in November did not paralyze the public transportation in Metro Cebu, thus he said it will still be the same in the planned transportation strike.

He said that since some traditional jeepneys are already part of consolidated entities, only a few will join the transportation strike.

Elnar said traditional jeepney operators, particularly those who are already consolidated, are hesitant to join since they might be blacklisted by their cooperatives and corporations. (KJF)

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