Transport strike to paralyze 95% of jeepeney operations with support from businesses


The coalition of various jeepney drivers and operators in Bacolod and Talisay cities are expecting to paralyze at least 95% of public transportation during a 2-day transport strike slated on March 21.

Diego Malacad, secretary general of the United Drivers and Operators Center (UNDOC), confirmed that their group along with other transport organizations have agreed to stage a 36-hour transport strike from March 21 up until 3PM of March 22.

As agreed by the transport groups, operations of public jeepeneys will stop as early as 3AM of March 21. At least 9 rally points will be activated during the strike to call on government to implement cut on fuel tax amid non-stop fuel hike.

According to Malacad the consensus to reduce the original 5-day strike into just 2 days was reached after meeting with businesses, schools, and other sectors.

The group will culminate the 2-day strike at the Fountain of Justice.

The group expects full support from local businessmen as well as they push for the temporary closure of non-essential businesses during the strike period to encourage the public to limit their movement.

Associations of tricycle operators are also expected to join the protest rally.