MANILA, Philippines - Several local government units declared suspension of classes for Monday, December 4, 2017 due to the possible effects of the nationwide transport strike.

#WalangPasok: Class suspensions on Monday, December 4, 2017

On Friday, officials of Albay province and Guagua, Pampanga announced on social media the cancellation of classes for all levels that covered both the public and private institutions.

"Suspension of classes at all levels on December 4, 2017 in both private and public schools except those schools located in the island and remote/far flung barangays/areas that will be determined by the Local School Authorities," the Albay Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (PDRRMC) posted on Facebook.

Meanwhile, Executive Order No. 23-series of 2017 of the Municipality of Guagua, Pampanga stated that there will be no suspension of work in the municipal office. In addition, "all available municipal government vehicles including barangay service vehicles will be used to serve and pick-up stranded commuters. Both color and number coding are temporarily suspended for all passenger motorcycles on the duration of transport strike."

Note: As the need arises, announcement for the suspension of classes for the second day of strike, December 5, 2017 will be released Monday afternoon.

#WALANGPASOK: As of 9:30 a.m. on Saturday, here's the list of class suspensions on Monday, December 4, 2017 (refresh page for the updates):

The protest of the militant group Pinagkaisahang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) on December 4 and 5 is to oppose the implementation of the government’s jeepney modernization program.

Department of Transportation (DOTr) said that public utility vehicles (PUVs) that are more than 15 years old will be banned from the road, and will be replaced by vehicles with "low-carbon and low-emission technology."

"The jeepney phase out is just one way for President Duterte to appeal himself to foreign and local capitalists. It has no other objective than for a few corporations to monopolize [the jeepney industry],” George San Mateo, PISTON’s national president said.

Stop and Go Transport Coalition President Jun Magno said that drivers and operators could not shoulder the P1.6-million loan for new jeepney units and daily amortization of P800.

The coalition proposed for the rehabilitation of old jeepneys instead of acquiring new units.

In October, the militant groups led a two-day strike, which caused Malaca├▒ang to suspend government work and classes nationwide.

— The Summit Express


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