Government is ready and prepared as it laid out contingency measures to assist commuters hit by the nationwide transport strike.
Per the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) they have engaged 35 city buses in Metro Manila. This is in addition to the 4 military trucks, 4 buses, 4 vans and 4 service vehicles provided by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA); 15 military trucks by the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP); 12 light trucks and 4 military trucks by the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG); 6 shuttles and I service vehicle by the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH).
Several local government units (LGUs) have likewise provided buses and vehicles for the affected.
Also, six (6) designated areas have been identified by the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) for free rides. These pickup points include: Commonwealth Avenue, Luneta Grandstand, Orense Guadalupe, SM Marikina, MCU and HK Plaza.
The Administration remains committed to the Public Utility Vehicle Modernization Program (PUVVMP), which is long overdue. There were several attempts in the past to modernize the public transport system but these have been thwarted due to similar transport strikes, which unfortunately resulted in an outdated public transport system.
It is worth mentioning that, with the exception of left-leaning PISTON, the PUVMP has gained the support of different public transport groups. These include the Federation of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (FEJODAP), Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO), Pangkalahatang Sanggunian Manila and Suburb Drivers Association Nationwide Inc., (PASANG MASDA), Land Transportation Organization of the Philippines (LTOP), Alliance of Transport Operators and Drivers Association of the Philippines (ALTODAP), Stop and Go Coalition, and majority of provincial transport cooperatives all over the country.
The government, through the LTFRB, will continue with the discussions, consultations, and further collaboration with members of the public transport sector, particularly in explaining the financial scheme available to PUJ operators and drivers who wish to avail of new units through financing of government financial institutions.