Malaybalay, Valencia transport groups set to join Monday strike – STAREX

MALAYBALAY CITY – (Bukidnon News Dispatch/19 Sept.) Bukidnon will be part of the national transport strike Monday to show discontent over President Benigno Simeon Aquino III’s inaction to address the unabated surge of oil price increases, with operators and drivers associations working with the Solidarity of Transport Alliance in Region X
(STAREX), holding protests in two cities, organizers said.

Timothy Ajoc of the Bukidnon chapter of STAREX a local affiliate of PISTON (Pinagkaisang
Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide) said the strike seeks to paralyze transport from 6 to 3p.m. in Bukidnon.STAREX – Bukidnon announced that protests will be held in Malaybalay and Valencia cities. In Malaybalay City, Ajoc said they will stage a protest in the Plaza Rizal. As of 7a.m. Monday, the group is yet to assemble at the Plaza Rizal.

“Three transport groups in Malaybalay City and all in Valencia City will join except for Rural Transit of Mindanao, Inc. and Pabama bus lines,” Ajoc added.

Ajoc said the transport groups will be joined by sectoral organizations.

MindaNews reported earlier that in Northern Mindanao, that STAREX will mobilize its member-organizations from Cagayan de Oro, Bukidnon and the cities of Iligan and Gingoog.

“We are expecting a large turnout since our member-organizations have
committed their participation for the transport strike next week,” said STAREX chairperson Santos
Hinosolango in the MindaNews interview.

“The Aquino administration insists its Pantawid Pasada Program, a mere doleout program that is clearly meant to coopt the transport sector. PNoy also continually refuses a rollback even with the obvious overpricing of oil products by nine pesos more or less,” said Hinosolango.

He encouraged the public to join the transport strike.

“Let us show the Aquino administration that we can no longer bear the wanton oil price increases, especially since the increases here in the provinces are much higher compared to the increases in the National Capital Region (NCR),” he said.

Ajoc named the MAVODA, KIMODA, and LACOMODA transport groups in Malaybalay City who committed to the strike. “But they will stay at home,” he said.

Antonietta Reboriano, principal of Malaybalay City Central School, the biggest elementary school here, said they received no advisory on the possible suspension of classes.

A teacher who asked not to be quoted said transport strikes are good sometimes to awaken the public about the high cost of fuel. (Walter I. Balane)

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