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Transport leaders call off strike, LTFRB regional chief, Albee, two solons to meet with drivers tomorrow

By Julius D. Mariveles and Hannah A. Papasin

  • Abang Lingkod partylist and lone district solons have earlier presented to the House committee on transportation the concerns of public transport drivers in the city
  • Paduano says he, Gasataya and mayoral candidate Albee Benitez will meet with drivers tomorrow along with Regional Director Richard Osmena of the Land Trasportation Franchising and Regulatory Board

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – The scheduled two-day transport strike here was called off by organizers after two solons based here brokered a dialog between drivers and government that is hoped to address issues raised by public transport amid rising fuel prices.

Abang Lingkod partylist Representative Stephen Paduano said leaders of the organizations who joined the two-day strike agreed to call it off after he met with them afternoon today, 21 March 2022.

Photo by Rodney Jarder Jr.
Drone shot. | Photo by Rodney Jarder Jr.

Earlier today, Paduano and Lone District solon Greg Gasataya presented to the House committee on transportation’s hearing the concerns of drivers who have been claiming that they are losing a low of P300 in daily earnings since fuel pump prices started to climb.

However, Diego Malacad of the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (PISTON)-Negros, one of the four organizations that joined the strike, told DNX they will continue to man the strike lines until they are satisfied with the outcome of the dialog tomorrow.

Gasataya said LTFRB chairman Martin Deldra had instructed Osmena to dialog with the drivers tomorrow to represent hum.

“He wanted to come to Bacolod but scheduling conflicts prevented him from doing so, so he is sending Osmena instead,” Gasataya said about his talk with Deldra.

The solon added among the concerns raised by the drivers was the release of the Pantawid Pasada subsidy program for drivers worth P6,000 each.

To Paduano, the strike has achieved its purpose, the drivers have caught the attention of government, he said.

DNX News Desk
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