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MMDA: The impact of the transport strike on commuters is negligible

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The government’s emergency plans, according to a report released on Monday by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA), have so far had little impact on commuters during the week-long transit strike.

Acting MMDA Chair Don Artes stated at a press conference held at the MMDA office in Guadalupe Nuevo, Makati City, that the Inter-Agency Monitoring Team, set up by the Office of the Executive Secretary, prepared and attended to the needs of the riding public despite the demonstrations against the public utility vehicle modernization program (PUVMP).

Assets were already in place, backup plans were in place, and routes that would be impacted by the strike were recognized prior to the transport strike, according to Artes.

Tuesday marks the return of the MMDA’s extended number coding system (March 7).

He also gave the people the assurance that there would be enough passenger vehicles available throughout the transport strike.

Only 88 of the 1,680 vehicles from the national government and local government units (LGU) in the National Capital Region (NCR), according to MMDA General Manager Procopio Lipana, head of the Inter-Agency Task Force Monitoring Team Secretariat, were employed to transport impacted people.

Only 5% of our resources were used to serve 3,584 passengers, according to Lipana.

The MMDA sends out these “libreng sakay (free ride)” cars in NCR regions where passengers have been reported as being stuck.

No major events were reported during the first day of the strike, according to Col. Roman Arugay, operations officer of the NCR Police Office (NCRPO), with the exception of a few minor ones involving protesters who blocked streets or forced other vehicles to join them.

“No harm or injuries were sustained. No one has been detained, according to Arugay.

In a previous report, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) stated that the transport strike had affected about 10% of all routes in the NCR and about 5% nationwide, but that the majority of these issues had been resolved by “rescue buses” and free ride vehicles provided by the government.

Teofilo Guadiz III, the chairperson of the LTFRB, made an appeal to these transportation organizations to end their protest and made concessions like moving the consolidation deadline from June 30 to December 31 and proposing a dialogue to further discuss and address the worries of drivers and operators regarding the PUVMP.

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