Published: Monday 19 March, 2018

#WalangPasok in NCR May Continue if PISTON Extends Transport Strike

Don’t look now but the class suspensions brought about by the PISTON nationwide transport strike may continue. Malacanang said it may declare a week-long #WalangPasok if the transport strike continues.

Transport strike

More #WalangPasok days coming up due to transport strike extension?

In a press briefing, Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque said Malacanang may declare #walangpasok (no classes) starting Tuesday, March 20, until Friday, March 23 because of the threat from PISTON that its transport strike will be extended. Though the strike on Monday was ‘unsuccessful’, Roque said the Duterte administration would cancel classes for the safety of students in the coming days.

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UPDATE: Malacanang suspends classes in NCR today, March 20, for all levels! Suspension of classes outside Metro Manila up to the discretion of LGUs.

PISTON said they will hold more transport strike to protest the government’s plan to phaseout jeepneys aged 15 years and older. PISTON President George San Mateo said the move is ‘anti-poor’ as it will drive drivers and operators into debt with the planned modernization.

But the government is determined to see the program’s fruition, according to Roque. And, despite the continued threats of more strikes, the Duterte administration is committed to modernize public utility vehicles in the interest of efficiency and public safety.

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“We see this as one of the long-term solutions to decongest our streets with dilapidated and smoke-belching jeepneys,” he said.

Classes in Metro Manila were suspended Monday afternoon due to the transport strike.