Transport strike strands passengers; buses deployed

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Thursday, June 19, 2014

CEBU (3rd Update) -- The Cebu City Government has deployed buses and other vehicles to assist passengers stranded in several areas in the city due to a strike staged by militant transport group Piston on Thursday.

The strike started as early 6 a.m. Thursday, affecting at least 30 percent of Cebu City’s transportation in several major routes, including Mabolo, Talamban, Lahug, Guadalupe, Labangon, Banawa and Basak.

It was held to protest the higher penalties imposed on colorum vehicles as well as other penalties based on the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) Joint Administrative Order (JAO) 2014-01, which took effect Thursday.

Councilor Dave Tumulak said in a radio report that the City has deployed 28 Kaoshiung buses and several barangay vehicles to bring the stranded passengers to their destinations.

The City advised stranded passengers to call the Command Center hotline at 2621424 and 166.

Below are the routes serviced by these buses and the corresponding pickup points.

Bus route for south district:

Inayawan Laray to F. Jaca - Cogon Pardo - Tagunol St. - C. Padilla - Colon St. (vice versa) = Happy Mart Colon

Inayawan Laray to F. Jaca - Cogon Pardo - Tagunol St. - N. Bacalso - E-Mall (vice versa) = E-Mall

Bulacao to N. Bacalso - E-Mall (vice versa) = E-Mall

Bulacao to N. Bacalso - USC Junquera (vice versa) = USC Junquera St.

Back Church of Poblacion Pardo Sabellano St. to Quiot - Punta Princesa - Tres de Abril - N. Bacalso - E-Mall (vice versa) = E-Mall

Tisa Barangay Hall to Katipunan St. - Salvador St. - Banawa - V. Rama Avenue - to private road - E-Mall - Leon Kilat - Colon St. (vice versa) = Oriente Colon

Kinasang-an to N. Bacalso - Sikatuna - Cathedral Legaspi (vice versa) = Cathedral Legaspi

Basak Pardo to N. Bacalso - USC Junquera - Colon St. (vice versa) = Super Metro colon in front of Oriente

Guadalupe to V. Rama Calamba - N. Bacalso - USC Junquera - Colon St. - OSmena Blvd. (vice versa) = Cebu Appliance Center in front of Unitop

Poblacion Pardo to C. Padilla - Magallanes - City Hall (vice versa) = City Hall

Bus route for North District:

Lahug to Apas - Colon - Jones Avenue (vice versa) = Across SSS KFC/Mang Inasal

Capitol Camputhaw (N. Escario) to Colon - Jones Avenue (vice versa) = MCDonalds in front of SSS and Family Appliance

SM to Mabolo - Imus - Jakosalem St. - City Hall (vice versa) = City Hall

Talamban to Banilad - Mabolo - Imus - P. del Rosario (vice versa) = P. del Rosario Church

Pit-os Talamban - Banilad - Ayala (vice versa) = Ayala Terminal

Parkmall to North Bus Terminal - E-Mall (vice versa) = E-Mall

E-Mall to Colon - SM (vice versa) = SM Terminal

SM to Gorordo Avenue - Ayala - SM (vice versa) = SM Terminal

Colon to Guadalupe - Jones - Colon (vice versa) = Family Appliance in front of Unitop

The transport strike on Thursday also affected classes in public elementary and high schools in the city. Classes were suspended starting 3 p.m. No classes as well for those enrolled in night high schools. Suspension of classes in private schools though will be up to the discretion of administrators.

Around 200 drivers joined the protest Thursday. They walked from MJ Cuenco Avenue toward Fuente Osmena, where several drivers and members of Piston were gathered. They then marched toward the offices of the Cebu City Traffic Operations Management (Citom) and Land Transportation Office (LTO) in N. Bacalso Avenue to air their concerns against the increase of all fines for traffic violations.

JAO 2014-01 or the Revised Schedule of Fines and Penalties for Violations of Laws, Rules and Regulations Governing Land Transportation was issued jointly by LTO, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, and DOTC last June 2.

“All deputized agents concerned are ordered to surrender the TOP (temporary operators permit), IDs and mission orders issued to them to the Traffic Safety Division and Regional Operations Divisions, respectively, for proper accounting and evaluation within 72 hours from receipt thereof,” read the memorandum issued by Assistant Secretary Alfonso Tan, the LTO chief.

[READ: LTO issues order asking deputized agents to surrender TOPs, mission orders]

The rallyists dispersed Thursday afternoon after Mayor Michael Rama called the heads of the transport groups and officials of the LTO-Central Visayas for a meeting.

Citom's operations division head Joy Tumulak said that during the meeting, Rama promised to personally go to Manila to address the issue with the national committee.

The mayor said he understands the sentiments of the drivers.

Jaime Paglawan, chair of the Bayan transport group, said their members will go back to work while waiting for developments. (Jean Mondonedo-Ynot/With Nera Mariz Puyo/Sunnex)

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