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Transport strike is now over after MANIBELA, PISTON dialogue with Malacañang

Is this a sign of good things to come?

Will government and the transport sector be able to find a compromise? PHOTO FROM PRESIDENTIAL COMMUNICATIONS OFFICE

After two days of the transport strike, MANIBELA and PISTON have announced its end after the leaders of the respective groups sat down and talked with Presidential Communications Office secretary Cheloy Garafil and Office of the Executive Secretary undersecretary Roy Cervantes.

Jeepneys and PUVs are an essential mode of transport, so they shouldn't be neglected. PHOTO BY SAM SURLA

There’s no denying that jeepneys need to be modernized to keep up with current safety and emission standards. However, the problem is that the drivers and the operators can’t afford to shoulder the expenses of modernization. These transport workers are barely surviving, and inflation plus volatile fuel prices aren’t helping. So, how can they be expected to shell out millions of pesos for a new vehicle without proper aid?

That’s why the call of protesters is to make the program humane and inclusive by giving jeepney drivers and operators a voice in the discussion, to find a better way moving forward. Now that there’s an open dialogue, do you think the national government will listen to the long-neglected workers in the transport sector?

Leandro Mangubat

Leandro is our staff writer. Although having a background in mechanical engineering, he enjoys photography and writing more.