Due to the scheduled 2-day transport strike of the coalition of the transport groups in the Philippines beginning on Monday (September 25, 2017), there are some classes in different affected schools that will be suspended. This somehow affects the students, but it is as well for their safety in case there are no available transport jeepneys on the roads.
According to the reported news online, some of the areas that will have no classes on Monday include the following:
- Malabon City (all levels both public and private schools)
- University of the East (Kinder to Grade 12 in Caloocan)
- San Sebastian College (Kinder to Grade 12)
- University of the East (Kinder to Grade 12 in Manila)
- Baliwag (all levels both public and private schools)
- Bocaue (all levels both public and private schools)
- Malolos (all levels both public and private schools)
- Marilao (all levels both public and private schools)
- San Jose del Monte (all levels both public and private schools)
- Santa Maria (all levels both public and private schools)
From the shared information about the strike, the transport groups are protesting against that latest plan of the Philippine government to upgrade the transport vehicles as part of the modernization program.
This means that they will already face out the old vehicles under the new plan.
According from Jun Magno, the members of the different groups are worrying about the plan of to government that will offer them loan to acquire new vehicles. Magno is the current head of the Samahan ng Tsuper at Operator ng Pilipinas Genuine Organization (Stop and Go Transport).
Based on the new program, they will no longer register those vehicles over 15 years and need to replace them with the new electric-powered as well as Euro-4-compliant vehicles, as detailed by the news online. The government is willing to lend a driver for almost P1.6 million (proposed package) and payable for 7 years with a daily amortization of 800 pesos.
From the explanation of Magno, drivers may have trouble dealing with the 800 pesos daily payment because most of them are only earning around 600 pesos a day. This means that they still need to add 200 pesos to cover the amortization of a loaned transport vehicle.
He added that it is much better if the government provides them assistance to improve their units and not offering them an expensive loan.
The involved transport groups on the 2-day strike have almost 131 listed groups.
In line with this, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) already prepared free transport services for the areas affected with the strike.