MANILA, Philippines – The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) has deployed light trucks and buses to provide free rides to passengers affected by the three-day strike by transportation groups that begins Monday.
The MMDA advisory shows that as of 7 a.m. on November 20, the agency has deployed vehicles in the following areas:
- Route: Ligaya westbound (Pasig-Marikina)
- Two light trucks
- One city bus
- Route: Monument-Acacia-Malabon
- One city bus
- One light truck
It also said that 37 vehicles of MMDA, Office of the Vice President, Office of the Speaker of the House of Representatives and private bus operators were on standby and ready for use.
According to the agency, MMDA Chairman Romando Artes has instructed traffic enforcement officials to prioritize traffic management during the transportation strike.
According to the Manila Public Information Office in a separate advisory, there are 122 vehicles on standby in Manila from the Municipal Office of Disaster Risk Reduction and Management, the Manila Traffic and Parking Office and the Manila Police Department, which can accommodate more than 1,000 passengers.
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The three-day transport strike was led by Pinagkaisang Samahan nga Tsuper of Operators Nationwide (Piston). Jeepney drivers and operators protested against the upcoming December 31 deadline for consolidation of traditional jeepneys under the government’s public utility vehicle modernization program
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