Classes and work in Iloilo City will not be suspended amid the nationwide transport strike on Monday, Nov. 20, according to Mayor Jerry Treñas.
“We are closely monitoring the situation regarding the planned transportation strike and has determined that conditions are conducive for regular school and work activities,” Treñas said in a statement on Sunday, Nov. 19.
“The City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (CDRRMO) and the Public Safety Tourism Management Office (PSTMO) will continue to monitor the situation and will immediately inform the public of any necessary changes,” he added.
In a public advisory, the city government said it will deploy “Libre Sakay” vehicles for its employees and commuters who will be affected by the transport strike.
These vehicles will be accessible starting 6:30 a.m. in the following areas: Arevalo Plaza (2), Jaro Plaza (2), and Mandurriao Plaza (2). Two city buses will be stationed at Tagbak Terminal.
“An estimated 1,800 modern and traditional jeepney units will continue to serve their respective routes in the city. First town transport groups from Leganes and San Miguel have initially stated they are not joining the strike,” the city government said.
The transport strike, spearheaded by the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON), will run for three days until Wedneday, Nov. 22.IMT