- Classes in all level were suspended for the students' safety in going back home
- Malacañang declared the suspension due to transport strike which started last Monday, March 19 and might continue for a week
- Palace also reiterates that they will still continue the modernization of public utility vehicles
KAMI learned from Inquirer that Malacañang suspended classes at all levels in Metro Manila due to transport strike which started last March 19.
“In view of actual and / or imminent threats posed by some groups, we are suspending classes at all levels in Metro Manila effective today, March 20, to safeguard the safety of students,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement.
Meanwhile, Spokesperson Roque said that the suspension of classes outside Metro Manila will be under the discretion of the local government units (LGUs) in their area.
“The President has instructed that he will suspend classes even with the slightest threat of a strike to ensure the protection and well-being of students,” he said.
“We reiterate that the government remains steadfast to modernize our public utility vehicles and will not be bullied or held hostage by some transport groups,” he added.
Palace may also suspend classes for the entire week if transport groups would continue their threat of having a nationwide transport strike.
Transport group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) is currently holding a strike to protest the government’s plan to phaseout jeepneys aged 15 years and older.
Piston President George San Mateo clarified that the group does not actually oppose the modernization of public utility vehicles, but wants to voice out that operators and drivers could not afford to purchase new modernized unit.
License of Jeepney operators and jeepney drivers who join the trasport strike my be canceled according to The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Board Member Aileen Lizada.