PUJs resume operation; strike a success according to organizers


Public utility jeepneys (PUJs) serving the Bacolod routes resumed its operation Tuesday, March 22, after the transport group called off the second day of the planned transport strike.

Operations of PUJs in Bacolod City were grounded yesterday affecting thousands of commuters within and outside the city after drivers and operators decided to go out on the streets and protested to scrap the excise tax on petroleum products.

But late afternoon yesterday, the strike was called off after the transport groups reached an agreement at a meeting called by lone district representative Greg Gasataya and AbangLingkod congressman Stephen Paduano.

At the meeting, that was attended by representatives of various transport groups, Paduano told the group that their grievances were raised before the House Committee on Transportation, and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board.

Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Associations (FEBACDA) president Elizabeth Catalbas said LTFRB agreed to hold a dialog with them today, Mach 22.

The strike began at 3am Monday and was called off before 5PM.

Organizers said that despite the strike was abruptly cutoff, it remained successful as government agencies were swift to provide action to their demands especially on the fuel subsidy allowance.

Aside for some minor arguments between rallyists and some drivers who opted to continue their operation, there were no untoward incidents that were recorded by the local police.