PISTON cancels December 4 and 5 transport strike

MANILA, Philippines - The scheduled nationwide transport strike on December 4 and 5 has been cancelled after the Transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) heard the appeal of Senator Grace Poe.

PISTON cancels December 4 and 5 transport strike

"We welcome the decision of Piston and No to Jeepney Phaseout Coalition to heed our appeal and call off their nationwide transport strike," Sen. Poe, Chair of the Committee on Public Services said in a statement.

"Issues can be better discussed and resolved when sobriety and judiciousness are exercised, in pursuit of the highest public good," Poe added.

In a press briefing, the militant group instead to voice out their concerns on the Senate hearing on Thursday, December 7.

PISTON added the strike is being planned in January.

The supposed disturbance in the transport sector had prompted the cancellation of classes on Monday. Several LGUs took back their announcement after the recent development (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions on Monday, December 4, 2017).

The groups are opposing the implementation of the government’s jeepney modernization program.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that 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."

"The jeepney phase out is just one way for President Duterte to appeal himself to foreign and local capitalists. It has no other objective than for a few corporations to monopolize [the jeepney industry],” George San Mateo, PISTON’s national president said.

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

In October, the militant groups led a two-day strike, which caused Malacañang to suspend government work and classes nationwide.

— The Summit Express

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