MANILA, Philippines — The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has deployed light trucks and buses to offer free rides to passengers who will be affected by the three-day transport group strike that begins on Monday.
The MMDA press office indicated that from 7am on November 20, the agency deployed vehicles in the following areas:
- Route: Ligaya westbound (Pasig-Marikina)
- Two light trucks
- A city bus
- Route: Monument-Acacia-Malabon
- A city bus
- A light truck
He further stated that 37 vehicles from the MMDA, Office of the Vice President, Office of the Mayor and private bus companies were on standby and ready for use.
MMDA President Romando Artes instructed traffic authorities to prioritize traffic management during the transport strike, according to the agency.
In Manila, there are 122 vehicles on standby from the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office, the Manila Traffic and Parking Department and the Manila Police Department that can accommodate more than 1,000 passengers, according to the Information Office Manila Public Service in a separate statement.
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The three-day transport strike was led by Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper na Operators Nationwide (Piston). Jeepney drivers and operators were protesting the approaching December 31 deadline for the consolidation of traditional jeepneys under the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program.
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