#WalangPasok: Palace suspends classes, gov't work on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

MANILA, Philippines - Malacañang Palace took back its earlier announcement and announced the suspension of classes at all levels and government work for Tuesday, October 17, 2017 or the second day of the nationwide transport strike.

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions on Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea issued a memorandum circular No. 29 late Monday citing the continuing transport strike and the possible inclement weather.

"The suspension of work in the other branches of the government, as well as in constitutional commissions and other independent bodies, is left to the discretion of their respenctive heads," the memorandum added.

In addition, the suspension of work in private companies and offices is left to the discretion of their responsible executive officers.
Palace suspends classes, gov't work on Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said the decision was made by President Rodrigo Duterte.

"May transport strike, ulan, bagyo at walang masakyan. Baka magkasakit mga kawani ng gobyerno at mga estudyante kung maulanan at walang masakyan," Andanar said.

In the past months, jeepney operators had protested against the modernization program of the Department of Transportation (DOTr) in which public utility vehicles (PUVs) that are more than 15 years old will be banned from the road, and will be replaced by vehicles with "low-carbon and low-emission technology."

Stop and Go Transport Coalition President Jun Magno said that drivers and operators could not shoulder the P1.6-million loan for new jeepney units and daily amortization of P800.

The group proposed for the rehabilitation of old jeepneys instead of acquiring new units.

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