Commuters told: Brace for February 27 transport strike

Photo via manila

via – Commuters were told to seek alternative means of transportation on Monday, February 27, as jeepney operators are set to hold a strike in Metro Manila and select provinces to protest plans to phase out their old fleet.

In Metro Manila, jeepney drivers are expected to convene at the Monumento Circle at 6 am and then gather at the Quezon Memorial Circle around 11 am, before marching toward Mendiola, based on an advisory from the Philippine National Police (PNP).

Jeepney operators led by the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) are asking the government to drop its plans for stricter regulation of jeepneys.

These plans include phasing out old jeepneys as well as requiring operators to have at least 10 jeepneys and a minimum capital of P7 million to keep their franchises.

PISTON said the new regulations will lead to the “corporate takeover” of public transport.

A similar transport strike earlier this month caused misery among commuters in the country’s capital who have depended on the iconic mode of transportation, forcing some cities and schools to cancel classes.

For Monday, Malacañang has announced the suspension of preschool to high school classes in both public and private schools for Metro Manila. It later expanded its announcement to include “all affected areas nationwide,” but has not yet specified what those places are.

On Twitter, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) said the government would provide free rides for commuters.

The police also said the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) has met with the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) to address the issue.

Bicol commuters

In the Bicol region, police director Chief Superintendent Melvin Buenafe said the PNP regional command will assist commuters.

“We will mobilize all our available transport assets to assist the community in whatever way we can when needed. We’re ready to help,” Buenafe said.

Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara also said the provincial government will provide free transportation, specifically for passengers heading to and from Tiwi and Polangui, as well as for the Daraga-Legazpi route and vice versa.

Daraga Mayor Gerry Jaucian and Legazpi City Mayor Noel Rosal have both ordered the suspension of preschool to high school classes in both public and private schools for Monday.

There will also be no classes for students of the Aquinas University of Legazpi, Bicol University, Saint Agnes Academy, Legazpi Hope Christian School, and Washington International School.

Find more like this: Transportation

  • 10 dead as light plane crashes in Bulacan
  • Nursing graduate tops board exams twice
  • Duterte Pulls Philippines Out Of International Criminal Court
  • CLOSEUP: ‘Lion King’ to include Pinoy flavor in world-class show
  • The woman taking on Duterte in a press freedom fight in the Philippines
  • Page 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7


  • CLOSEUP: ‘Lion King’ to include Pinoy flavor in world-class show
  • ‘Riverdale’ stars call out PH magazine for ‘disrespectful’ photoshop editing
  • Pixar’s first female supervising animator is Pinoy
  • Miss Great Britain training for Miss Universe with Pinoy coaches
  • The story behind the Pinoy-made ‘tsinelas’ action figures
  • MORE...


  • The Box That Brings Christmas to the Philippines
  • ‘Pinoy Aquaman’ swims 23 kilometers for peace in Mindanao
  • Former Pinoy dishwasher now owner of pizzeria in Italy
  • Women’s servitude blights Philippine society
  • Filipino hikers seen picking up litter praised widely by HK netizens
  • MORE...


  • Boracay: the good, bad and ugly sides to Philippine island for tourists
  • El Nido to impose daily visitor limits in 3 iconic tourist sites
  • Philippines starts building world’s first resort airport
  • aurumOne Makati Hotel – ‘Perfectly Simple’
  • Palawan is world’s top island; Boracay 12th
  • MORE...


  • Gilas beats Japan again in FIBA World Cup Asian Qualifiers
  • 2018 Winter Olympics: Philippines’ Asa Miller lands 70th in giant slalom
  • Michael Christian Martinez: Olympian and pioneer in Philippine figure skating
  • Basketball’s greatest show comes to Philippines
  • Laker Jordan Clarkson: ‘It feels good to be Filipino’
  • MORE...

    OFW News

  • DOLE suspends OFW deployment to Kuwait
  • Some OFWs turn to vlogging to beat loneliness, share life abroad
  • Overseas Filipino Bank to serve immigrants, workers
  • The ‘bagong bayani’ of the Philippines
  • Which countries pay OFWs the highest?
  • MORE...


  • Boracay: the good, bad and ugly sides to Philippine island for tourists
  • Luzon has greatest concentration of unique mammals
  • Mindanao plants 3M trees in an hour, challenges world record
  • Fighting for sharks in the Philippines
  • DENR to crush seized elephant tusks, drops ceremonial burning
  • MORE...

    Pinoy Places
    and Faces