FILE PHOTO: Public utility vehicle drivers protest at a jeepney terminal in Manila. INQUIRY/RICHARD A. REYES

MANILA, Philippines – The Manila city government said it is ready to offer free rides to passengers who would be affected by the December 14-15 transport strike.

“Similar to the preparation of previous traffic stops, the MDRRMO (Manila Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office), the MTPB (Manila Traffic and Parking Bureau) and the MPD (Manila Police District) will monitor,” said local government spokeswoman Princess Advance in a statement. Viber message to reporters on Wednesday.

(Similar to preparation during previous transportation strikes, MDRRMO, MTPB and MPD will monitor.

“This includes supporting passengers who may be stranded by offering a 'Free Ride' if necessary,” she added.

(This Includes support for passengers who may be stranded, offering a 'free ride' if necessary.)

The Nationwide Unity of Drivers and Operators Associations or Piston launched another strike to protest the December 20 decision. Deadline 31 for consolidating the franchise and eliminating traditional jeepneys.

The Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) on Wednesday assured the public that it will closely monitor the traffic situation in Metro Manila during the transportation strike and may also deploy vehicles to offer free rides to affected commuters.

However, the agency said it will not suspend the color-coding scheme during the two-day protests by jeepney drivers and operators.

The MMDA identified Camanava (Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas and Valenzuela) as hotspots, based on previous attacks.


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