By Angel De Mesa
LEGAZPI CITY – Condor-Piston Bicol held its planned transport strike today carrying local calls amid the called off nationwide strike to give way to Senate probe on controversial PUV Modernization Program.
Chairperson of the Public Service Committee, Sen. Grace Poe, demanded an investigation on the Omnibus Franchise Guidelines by the DoTr which the progressive transport groups have long been protesting for.
“We respect the decision, but despite of this [postponement in Metro Manila] we still decided to continue the activity to address the local issues of the transport sector around the region,” said Condor-Piston Bicol spokesperson Ramon Rescovilla.
The postponement of the strike in Metro Mania created misunderstandings in the Local Government Units.
“Maybe they thought that the postponement will also be nationwide since the statement came from the national chairperson of Condor Piston, but they did not understand that we (in the locals) have also the prerogative to continue the strike since we have local issues here,” said Rescovilla.
Transport strike in the region caused 80% road paralysis in Masbate, 95% in Albay and 60% in Sorsogon. While Catanduanes and Camarines Norte held a picket dialogue in their respective provinces.
The group also slammed LTFRB Bicol Director Jun Abrazaldo for neglecting their grievances. Abrazaldo faced them today.
“After the long wait, the director called us for a meeting. Along with this is his deceptive statement saying that he will soon act on the petitions of those Albay Transport Associations that is still pending in his office,” said Rescovilla.
ARDALEJODA (Arimbay,Daraga,Legazpi Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association) president Albert Magallon demands to return the minimum 8 pesos fare in Albay.
There will be no more transport strike tomorrow,December 5, according to Rescovilla. (BaretangBikolnon.com)