Transport workers to launch 3-day strike starting today

MANILA – The three-day transport strike kicks off today as Manibela president Mar Valbuena assures the establishment of various mobilization centers. Unconsolidated public utility jeepneys (PUJs) have requested the government to allow them to operate for at least one year.

Valbuena also renewed an appeal to the Supreme Court (SC) to issue a temporary restraining order (TRO) on the implementation of the public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP). The SC has not yet ruled on the petitions filed in December 2023 questioning the legality of the PUVMP.

Strike centers organized by Manibela are located in Novaliches, Alabang, Parañaque, Marikina, and Quezon City. Despite threats from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) to crack down on colorum PUJs, Valbuena dismissed the possibility, stating that they will not operate and have strike centers set up.

He questioned the basis of the crackdown on unconsolidated PUJs without a memorandum from the LTFRB. Valbuena challenged the LTFRB to conduct a nationwide crackdown on colorum PUJs to show the extent of traditional jeepneys that did not join the consolidation.

Many drivers are hopeful for a one-year extension to allow unconsolidated jeepneys to continue operating. The three-month extension for traditional jeepneys to consolidate expired on April 30, 2024, after being extended by President Marcos. The original deadline for the PUVMP was on Dec. 31, 2023.

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