By NITZ ARANCON
THE Solidarity of Transport Alliance in Northern Mindanao-Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide yesterday announced that it would take part in a two-day nationwide public transportation sector strike next week in an effort to pressure the government into considering a plan seen by the group as a phaseout of 15-year old public vehicles and older ones.
Starex-Piston secretary general Ringo Lago said the strike would be carried out on Monday and Tuesday.
The aim, according to Lago, is to make the Department of Transportation reverse its Department Order 2017-11 that gave the green light to the implementation of the public transportation modernization program beginning January 2018.
Lago said a petition was being prepared against the DOTR order.
“Magrekodida kami ug magpapirmag petition kay among ihatag sa tanang hingtongdang government agency ug mismo ni President Duterte,” he said.
Lago said his group was calling on the government to implement a rehabilitation program for public vehicles instead of the modernization program which tantamounts to a phaseout.
He said based on the new policy, jeepneys with old engines would need to be upgraded with environment-friendly Euro 4 engines.
According to Lago,“Dili man kamimaka-afford anang Euro 4 engine kay million na ang kantidad ana. Mahal man kana kaayo. Ang among gusto nga rehabilitation lang unta. Kadtong kaara-an na gyud nga mga sakyanan, ayohon lang to siya ug i–rehab aron mobalik ang roadworthiness.”