LTFRB 7 exec: Measures prevent transport strike from paralyzing Metro Cebu

CEBU CITY-- An official of the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) 7 on Monday said they implemented measures to prevent the transport strike staged by jeepney operators and drivers from paralyzing public transportation in Metro Cebu.

Ahmed Cuizon, LTFRB 7, director said the strike only had minimal effect on Metro Cebu's public transport.

Cuizon said the LTFRB 7 assigned at least 30 public utility buses in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu to ferry stranded passengers.

Of this number, 20 bus units are assigned for Cebu City, five for Mandaue City and five for Lapu-Lapu City.

He said the local government units in Metro Cebu have also deployed their bus units Monday morning to help stranded passengers.

The Pagkakaisa ng Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (Piston) Cebu chapter joined the nationwide transport strike on Monday to protest the planned phase out of units that are 15 years old or older.

But Cuizon said the transport strike only affected 20 percent of the public transportation in the cities of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu and only ten percent for Cebu City.

"The reason why (minimal effect) is because of the measures implemented," Cuizon said.

He said they also fielded at least 120 vans starting at 3 p.m. Monday to ferry passengers returning home from work.

Cuizon said they have set a flat rate fare of PHP10 for the assigned buses and vans. (PNA)

Source: Philippines News Agency

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