Gov't braces for Thursday's transport strike


Posted at Jun 18 2014 02:33 PM | Updated as of Jun 18 2014 10:33 PM


MANILA – The government has started preparations for a looming transport strike tomorrow.

Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) chairman Francis Tolentino said eight of MMDA's trucks and another eight from the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) will be on standby tomorrow to ferry stranded passengers in areas such as Philcoa, Commonwealth Avenue and Cubao.

Tolentino is also encouraging passengers to try the Pasig River Ferry as an alternative.

Transport groups earlier said some of their members do not intend to ply their respective routes in protest of the new order, which introduces heftier fines for traffic violations.

The groups said the drivers fear getting apprehended by enforcers for different violations such as broken tail lights, pick and drop zones, among others.

The joint administrative order also imposes a much higher fine for colorum vehicles: P1 million for buses, P200,000 for trucks, P50,000 for jeepneys, P200,000 for vans, P120,000 for taxis, and P6,000 for tricycles for the first offense.

Officials from the MMDA, NCRPO and several local government units are set to meet today to discuss preparations for tomorrow. – report from Dennis Datu, dzMM