Based on the monitoring conducted by Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treňas, the traffic situation in the City of Love seemed ‘normal’ despite nationwide transport strike. Just recently, Treňas released Executive Order 89 last September 26, declaring the suspension of classes in all levels both public and private. According to the mayor, the cancellation of classes was pivotal in the normalized traffic flow, as there was no rush of passengers. Moreover, the mayor added that the contingency plan was effective.
“We have prepared. We have provided vehicles in all the different plazas in coordination with the Philippine National Police, Philippine Army, Philippine Coast Guard, and even the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology,” states Iloilo City Mayor Jerry P. Treňas.
The mayor reported that 100% of government employees reported for work.
Twenty seven vehicles were deployed by the Public Safety and Transportation Management Office to various areas in the city, terminals and plazas, upon observation that there were no public utility jeepneys available.
The nationwide strike was organized by the Alyansang Kontra PUV Phaseout Panay and the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Nationwide Panay in response to the Public Utility Modernization Program. The said program aims to eliminate or ‘phase out’ public utility vehicles that are 15 years and older.