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DOTr, LTFRB DISMAYED OVER PISTON'S REFUSAL TO DISCUSS PUV MODERNIZATION ISSUES



The commuters were once again inconvenienced on Monday morning, October 16.

But to ease inconvenience of the affected public, agencies of the government adjusted.

As early as Sunday, the Palace suspended classes in all levels of public and private schools nationwide and government work for Monday due to the transport strike set for October 16 and 17.

Meantime, in Metro Manila, the Joint Quick Reaction Team was established to address shortage of PUJs along affected routes, as well as to ensure safety of the riding public and jeepneys that do not want to participate in the strike.

The Pinagkaisahang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) held a a two-day strike nationwide beginning Monday to oppose the government's public utility vehicle modernization program.

PISTON President George San Mateo said this will just bury drivers and operators in debt as they would not be able to afford the P1.6 million jeepney units despite the loans that the government will provide.

The DOTr expressed its utmost dismay over the group's alleged refusal to discuss with government their issues on the PUV Modernization Program and its consistent appeal to public sentiment through false propaganda and misinformation.

The transportation agencies also denied claims that they have not conducted numerous consultations and dialogues with various stakeholders, such as public utility vehicle (PUV) operators and drivers across the country, as well as with organized transport groups and local government units.

LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra further assured the public that the minimum jeepney fare will not reach 15 pesos once the government's public utility vehicle modernization program is in full swing.