TRANSPORT groups are planning a nationwide transport strike to protest the proposed excise tax on petroleum products especially diesel.
Zenaida Maranan, Federation of Jeepney Operators Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP) president, and Melencio “Boy” Vargas, Alliance of Transport Operators Driver’s Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP) national president, bared this in an interview yesterday.
Maranan said all transport group leaders in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will meet Thursday morning in Quezon City to plan the biggest nationwide transport strike ever.
“Lahat ito, taxi group, jeepney group, UV Express group at vans group, school bus group, bus group, provincial at Metro Manila, truck at lahat ng klaseng transport group ay magsasama-sama sa Thursday ng umaga upang desisyunan ang first ever na nationwide strike laban sa excise tax na gustong ipatupad ng mga economic team ng administration. Matagal na ito at posibleng sumabog at sasabog na nga dahil kung hindi pa, mamatay na ang transport industry,” said Maranan and Vargas.
Maranan and Vargas, however, clarified that the nationwide strike would be the last recourse of the transport sector to get the administration to listen to their appeal.
The transport leaders added that after the unity meeting, they will announce when the nationwide strike will be held. That is, if the economic team of President Rodrigo Duterte will impose the proposed excise tax on gasoline.
“Hindi n’yo po kami kalaban o kaaway. Ang gusto lang po namin, pakinggan n’yo kami, kausapin, bilisan ang processing ng aming mga dokumento. Malinaw po ang gusto namin. KAISA kami ng administration sa Land Transportation Modernization Program na gusto ng Department of Transportation at Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (DOTr-LTFRB),” Maranan said.
Among the products covered by the plan are diesel used by most buses and jeepney, as well as cooking gas and bunker fuel.