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Auteur Topic: Iets meer dan 100,000 drivers gaan is staking op Luzon.  (gelezen 2208 keer)
« Gepost op: November 09, 2004, 01:15:54 »

Dit zat er al langere tijd aan te komen....

Some 110,000 jeepney and tricycle drivers in Central Luzon stopped plying their routes yesterday, crippling public transportation in the region's five cities and four provinces.

The strike was the fifth staged this year to protest the series of oil price increases, organizers said.

Classes in public and private schools in this city were suspended due to the strike. The city government also suspended work at the city hall.

In Mabalacat town, the municipal government suspended classes in all schools and declared a half-day work for government employees. Work at the provincial capitol in the City of San Fernando was suspended.

Waldy Santos, spokesperson of the Pinag-isang Samahan ng Tsuper at Operators Nationwide (Piston) in Central Luzon, said the government should stop the oil price increases.

Piston also called for the scrapping of the Oil Deregulation Law, which Santos said allowed oil firms to unilaterally increase oil prices.

Santos said the price of diesel per liter has risen 14 times since January, from P17.44 to P23.14 as of Monday.

At a cumulative increase of P5.70 per liter and at an average consumption of 12 liters daily, Santos said drivers were losing P68.40 in potential income to oil companies.

"The daily income is down to between P150 and P100. That amount is hardly enough to support a family," Santos told the Inquirer.

Romeo Pablo said the P1.50 increase in minimum fare per kilometer last July hardly helped drivers like him recover lost earnings from the oil price hikes.

The strike, in the assessment of Piston, was successful in some parts of Central Luzon.

Santos said transportation was 90 percent paralyzed in Pampanga including the cities of Angeles and San Fernando, and 98 percent paralyzed in San Jose City in Nueva Ecija, and San Ildefonso and Malolos City in Bulacan.

In Bataan, Zambales and other parts of the region, he said drivers held simultaneous noise barrage, pickets and an hour of work stoppage.

The Piston-led strike, which began at 5 a.m., was scheduled to end at 8 p.m., also on Monday.

Several quarrels between jeepney and tricycle drivers broke out in Angeles City and nearby Mabalacat, reports said.

Tricycle drivers took advantage of the situation, plied their routes and charged P100 for a 5-km route. Some tricycle drivers charged a minimum rate of P25 per passenger.

The Philippine National Police said the strike failed to paralyze the entire region.

Senior Supt. Abelardo Villacorta, regional police operations chief, said only 30 percent of transportation was crippled in Malolos City.

The routes in Angeles City-San Fernando, Tarlac-Concepcion, Capas-Bamban-Angeles and Guimba-Tarlac were grounded, he said.

Transport services were normal throughout Pampanga except in Mabalacat, Magalang and Mexico, Villacorta said.

"The strike did not affect other areas in the region," he said.

In Tarlac, thousands of commuters in Tarlac City and in 17 towns of Tarlac were stranded as 90 percent of more than 2,000 public utility jeepneys and mini-buses in the province refused to ply their routes on Monday.

Apart from the oil price increases, the Tarlac Transport Federation protested the experimental traffic scheme being implemented by the Tarlac City government.

Bron: Published on page A15 of the November 9, 2004 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer.

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