MANILA - Malacañang on Monday suspended classes in Metro Manila amid the ongoing transport strike.
Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea said the class suspension at all levels is effective 2 p.m.
Transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) on Monday held another transport strike to protest the government’s public transportation modernization program, an endeavor that would entail the scrapping of old jeepneys that have become the icon of Philippine public transportation.
The government has been firm in its decision to push through with the program, apprehending several jeepney drivers who still ply the roads with their rickety vehicles.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said if Piston “pushes through with its threat to continue its nationwide strike, despite its unsuccessful staging today, we will call for a class suspension in Metro Manila starting tomorrow, March 20 until Friday, March 23.”
Roque said other local government units will be left to decide whether or not to suspend classes in their respective areas.
“We appeal for patience and understanding, especially those commuters who were duly inconvenienced by the strike,” Roque said.
“We, however, remain committed to modernize our public utility vehicles. We see this as one of the long-term solutions to decongest our streets with dilapidated and smoke-belching jeepneys.”