LUCENA CITY – Local government authorities in major cities in Laguna Province suspended in-person classes at all levels on Monday, November 20 due to a jeepney strike.

The mayors of Cabuyao, Biñan, San Pedro, Sta. Rosa and Calamba in Laguna declared that schools in their respective localities would switch to modular and online classes.

Authorities in Sta. Rosa City also announced that passengers could take advantage of free transportation provided by the local government.

Government employees in Cabuyao City will work from home, except those involved in disaster and emergency response.

Workers in income-generating government offices will be subject to the decisions of their respective department heads.

Police Colonel Harold Depositar, Laguna police chief, advised the public to plan their travels and consider alternative solutions during the strike period.

“We are working closely with relevant authorities to minimize disruptions and ensure public safety,” Depositar said on social media.

He announced that protest demonstrations were scheduled in certain areas of Laguna.

“While we respect the right to peaceful assembly, we urge participants to express their grievances in a legal and orderly manner. Law enforcement authorities will be present to ensure the safety of all residents and to maintain peace and order,” the officer said.

In Rizal province, Governor Rebecca “Nini” Ynares announced that no local transportation groups would join the strike.

She said the provincial government coordinated with local governments to ensure that other forms of public transportation would be sufficient and available to meet commuters’ transportation needs.

“LGUs (local government units) will also provide free rides if needed,” she said.

Ynarez said the Department of Education can issue agreements for alternative learning based on its discretion, policies and guidelines.

On November 15, Operators Nationwide (Piston) transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper announced its plan for a three-day nationwide strike, starting on November 20, to protest the December 31 deadline for the consolidation of traditional public utility jeepneys. INQ


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