Transport strike affects 5,000 commuters

Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 25 2017 01:58 PM

Jeepney organizations stage protests at the land transport franchising board (LTFRB) as well as the Transportation and Communication department (DOTR) as they urge government to stop the Jeepney phase-out plan as they hold a caravan in Quezon city on Monday. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

An estimated 5,000 commuters were affected by today's strike by the Stop & Go transport group past 7 a.m. Monday, based on data from the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board and Metropolitan Manila Development Authority. 

Authorities recorded heavy traffic and stranded commuters along Commonwealth, Litex, Monumento and Fairview in Quezon City Monday. 

Many of the stranded commuters were dismayed by the transport group's decision to hold a strike on a first day of work week. Many complained that they will be late for work. 

Government-deployed buses also failed to help ease the lack of transportation. 

Towns in Bulacan and Mandaluyong City in Metro Manila suspended classes because of the transport strike.

In an interview, Stop and Go convenor Jun Magno said the strike will cause major disruptions for commuters. 

Magno declined to enumerate specific areas where their members stopped operations. He added it was not their intention to cause inconvenience to passengers but said the rally was the only way the government will listen to their views on the jeepney modernization program.

The strike is the result of a the government's decision to push through with the public utility jeepney modernization program where the old traditional jeepneys will be replaced by a new design.