Public transportation in Caraga region was not affected when drivers and operators went to strike to protest the planned phase-out of jeepneys and UV express service vehicles next year as part of the government’s public utility service (PUV) modernization program.
Maria Kristina Cassion, officer-in-charge of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Caraga, said the strike failed to paralyze public transportation in the region’s five provinces when major transport groups and cooperatives did not join the protest.
No transport strike was reported in the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur, she said.
Cassion said she was glad that transport groups in Caraga heeded the call of the agency not to join the strike to avoid inconvenience to commuters.
But a group of tricycle drivers and operators in Butuan claimed success in paralyzing routes that stranded commuters.
Willy Cubillas, president of Butuan Transport Federation Inc. (Butrafi), said the strike succeeded in keeping most tricycles, the city’s main mode of transportation, off the streets of Butuan, the capital of Caraga.
Cubillas claimed the strike, organized by major transport groups Alliance of Concerned Transport Organization (ACTO) and Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston), paralyzed “60 percent” of tricyles routes in the city.
According to Cubillas, their members joined the strike to protest the planned no change engine and ownership policy of the city government. By CLC