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Libreng sakay: Free rides on Monday due to nationwide transport strike

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) and a number of local government units (LGUs) will offer free rides on Monday, September 30, for commuters who will be affected by the nationwide transport strike. (READ:  #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, September 30, 2019 ) LTFRB Chairman Martin Delgra III said in a Sunday, September ........»»

Category: newsSource: rappler rapplerSep 29th, 2019

Cebu City prepares to field Kaoshiung buses for nationwide transport strike on Monday

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Cebu City government is planning to offer provide free bus rides to residents who may be left stranded if drivers would push through with the planned nationwide transport strike on Monday, September 30. But Mayor Edgardo Labella expressed confidence that the strike would have much effect on the city. Still, […] The post Cebu City prepares to field Kaoshiung buses for nationwide transport strike on Monday appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 28th, 2019

Christmas 2020 for workers and farmers

HOTSPOT Tonyo Cruz Two things workers are looking forward to at the end of each year are the 13th month pay and the Christmas bonus. And it seems about two million workers may not get any 13th month pay at all, if the Duterte government would have its way. The reason? Because of the pandemic. In reaction, Kilusang Mayo Uno chairperson Elmer Labog  issued his shortest statement yet this year, unable to hide labor’s frustration: “It is the government’s responsibility to bail out MSMEs in times of emergencies.” Indeed, it is the state’s obligation to support and prop up micro, small and medium-scale enterprises especially now in the time of pandemic. By saying MSMEs could dispense with the 13th month pay, the government is practically passing on its responsibility to MSMEs. Workers continue to give their share through the cheap, underpaid and overstressed labor power that makes sure MSMEs continue to function and perform their role as main engines of the economy. The government must do its job: Bail out the MSMEs. It is quite surprising that the Duterte government seems disinterested in bailing out MSMEs, considering the avalanche of news about the borrowings here and there. According to Sonny Africa, executive director of the think-tank Ibon Foundation, the borrowings has reached a historic high: “It took 118 years for the country’s debt to reach P6.1-trillion in 2016. President Duterte is taking just six years to more than than double that to P13.7-trillion in 2022.” Again, the reason for the borrowing has been “because of the pandemic.” Regardless of where the money goes, and whether or not MSMEs and workers received only a drop from it, they would pay the entire debt through more and higher taxes for years to come. Workers are not asking for something they have not earned through hard work. They earned that 13th month pay. It is not an optional thing. It is part of the law. The pandemic should oblige the state to bail out our MSMEs to enable them to fully function, and to give the workers’ their due under the law. Workers have given and lost a lot because of the pandemic. Workers have not asked for free rides to work, but the government fails to provide adequate and safe mass transport. Workers have asked for free mass testing in their companies and communities, but the government has other ideas. Workers and their families would have fared better with unemployment benefits amid the dismal pandemic response of government, but it seems the same government wishes to push them instead to pawnshops and loan sharks. We haven’t even factored in the laid-off, underemployed and unemployed workers, as well as the undetermined number of overseas Filipino healthcare workers stranded in the country since April. They all don’t wish to be “patay-gutom” and “pala-asa”.  They don’t wish to stay unemployed and be dependent on aid. They are ready to work and earn their keep. But since the president made policy decisions affecting their ability to obtain work, it is the government’s obligation to bail them out as well. The situation of our nation’s farmers is no different. For instance, rice farmers continue to produce our national staple. The pandemic made even worse the effects on them of the combined power of policies such as rice tarrification, the stranglehold of Big Landlords, the vast influence of rice cartels, and the continued operation of illegal rice importers. Price monitoring by Bantay Bigas and the Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas reveals the outrageously low palay prices nationwide, which means ruin to our nation’s rice farmers: Negros Occidental and Bicol region P10; Capiz P10-P11; Caraga P11; Tarlac P11-12; Ilocos Sur and Nueva Ecija P11-13; Camarines Sur P11.50-14; Bulacan and Mindoro P12; Isabela P12-P13.50; Pangasinan P12-P12.30; Antique P12.50; Agusan del Sur P13; Davao de Oro P13.14; Davao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and South Cotabato P13.50; North Cotabato P14; and Lanao del Norte P15. If you look at it, plantitos and plantitas today pay 20 to 50 times more for ornamental plants, compared to the prices traders and the NFA offer to our farmers. According to Bantay Bigas and KMP, the government procures way less than 20 percent of the produce of rice farmers.  And then we hear that the NFA would rather import rice from other countries, at pandemic-affected prices at that. Without any state intervention, by way of NFA buying rice farmers’ produce at P20 per kilo, and providing loans to farmers, there could be worse rural poverty in the coming months and years. Between our workers and farmers, their families have been made to sacrifice a lot since March, with prices of basic goods spiking, with new and higher expenses arising from online classes for the children. There cannot be no aid for them.  Neither should workers and farmers shoulder the burden of the failure or refusal of government to provide funding for bailouts sorely needed by MSMEs, and be forced to accept new national debts to pay for policies such as rice tarrification and importation. The government knows the scale of the problem. The Department of Labor and Employment says 13,127 companies have either laid off workers or permanently closed. The response cannot be “pass the burden to workers”. The answer should be: “the state must do everything to rescue the companies and the workers.” OFWs across the world should be familiar with bailouts and economic protections because of the pandemic. Many countries that host OFWs enacted huge bailouts and stimulus to their economies, partly so that migrant labor could continue to be employed. They enjoy health insurance, and special COVID19 coverage. Governments handed out checks to both citizens and companies. Is it too much to ask that the same be done in our own country? Or do Filipinos have to go abroad to experience such social and economic protections?.....»»

Category: newsSource:  mb.com.phRelated NewsOct 9th, 2020

LTFRB-8 facilitates free rides for health workers, frontliners

TACLOBAN CITY, Apr. 18 (PIA) -- Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board in Region 8 (LTFRB-8) has facilitated Libreng Sakay for Health Workers, Director.....»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsApr 19th, 2020

LTFRB threatens to suspend, cancel franchises of operators who joined strike

MANILA, Philippines – The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) threatened to suspend or cancel the franchises of public utility vehicle (PUV) operators who joined the nationwide transport strike on Monday, September 30.  The LTFRB had earlier warned transport groups not to continue with the rally, reminding them of  ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

MMDA lifts number coding for public transport

THE Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) suspended the number coding scheme for public utility vehicles today, Monday, amid a nationwide strike. The MMDA made the announcement on Twitter. Public transport…READ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

Transport strike cripples jeepney operations in Metro

The Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (Piston) that led the transport strike on Monday claimed to have paralyzed jeepney operations in Metro Manila by almost 100 percent….READ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

Transport strike a success- Stop and Go

A transport group leader claimed that the nationwide transport strike held on Monday was a success as most of the major jeepney routes in Metro Manila and several regions were…READ.....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsSep 30th, 2019

No class suspension in Cebu City for Monday’s transport strike

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Classes in all levels of schools in Cebu City will not be suspended tomorrow,  Monday, September 30, 2019, amid the planned nationwide transport strike. Cebu City Mayor Edgardo Labella announced on his Facebook page past 5 p.m. today, September 29, that the Cebu City government will instead be deploying Kaohsiung buses, […] The post No class suspension in Cebu City for Monday’s transport strike appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

LTFRB-7 buses to ‘rescue’ stranded passengers 

CEBU CITY, Philippines —  At least five buses will be ready for deployment to the streets of Metro Cebu to “rescue” commuters who may be stranded due to the nationwide transport strike on Monday, September 30. On top of this, Talisay City traffic czar Jonathan Tumulak said the barangays in the city have been urged […] The post LTFRB-7 buses to ‘rescue’ stranded passengers  appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu cities to deploy vehicles to transport stranded passengers

MANDAUE CITY, Cebu — The city governments of Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu are also bracing for the possible effects of the nationwide transport strike on Monday September 30 and ready to provide vehicles to ferry stranded passengers. Mandaue city’s Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office headed by Felix Suico told CDN Digital in a phone interview that they […] The post Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu cities to deploy vehicles to transport stranded passengers appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

Malacañang will not be intimidated by September 30 transport strike

MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang said it "will not be intimidated" by the nationwide transport strike set for Monday, September 30. "The Duterte administration will not be intimidated nor cowed by threats of protests and strikes coming from those who only think of their own parochial interest," ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

'WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, September 30, 2019

Please refresh this page for updates. MANILA, Philippines – Here is a list of areas and schools where classes have been suspended for Monday, September 30, due to a nationwide transport strike. AREAS Metro Manila Pasay City - all levels (public and private) Calabarzon Laguna Majayjay - all levels (public and private) Rizal - all ........»»

Category: newsSource:  rapplerRelated NewsSep 29th, 2019

Nationwide transport strike to push through Monday, Sept. 30 — groups

MANILA, Philippines — The nationwide transportation strike scheduled on Monday, Sept. 30 will push through despite the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB)’s appeal, major transportation groups said Thursday. “Tuloy na po ito, wala na pong atrasan, bumagyo, lumindol o ano pa man. Ang nationwide transport strike sa Lunes ay kasadong kasado na po, […] The post Nationwide transport strike to push through Monday, Sept. 30 — groups appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsSep 27th, 2019

LTFRB urges TNVS drivers: Reconsider strike

The Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) yesterday appealed to transport network vehicle service (TNVS) operators to reconsider their plan to hold a nationwide transportation holiday on Monday......»»

Category: newsSource:  philstarRelated NewsJul 5th, 2019

15,755 sumailalim sa libreng swab test sa Maynila

Umabot na sa 15,755 ang bilang ng mga indibidwal na sumailalim sa libreng swab test sa ilalim ng free mass swab testing program sa Lungsod ng Maynila. Ang libreng mass swab testing ay para sa mga public transport drivers, market vendors, hotel employees at mall workers. Ayon kay Manila Mayor Isko Moreno, maliban sa mga […] The post 15,755 sumailalim sa libreng swab test sa Maynila appeared first on Bandera......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsNov 21st, 2020

Pagudpud cops give free ride to stranded residents due to Ulysses

LAOAG CITY, Nov. 11 (PIA) -- Bayanihan spirit lives as police force in the town of Pagudpud provides "Libreng Sakay" to stranded residents at Barangay Pancian on Wednesday due to Typhoon Ulysses......»»

Category: newsSource:  manilanewsRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Pagudpud cops give free ride to stranded residents due to Ulysses

LAOAG CITY, Nov. 11 (PIA) -- Bayanihan spirit lives as police force in the town of Pagudpud provides "Libreng Sakay" to stranded residents at Barangay Pancian on Wednesday due to Typhoon Ulysses......»»

Category: newsSource:  philippinetimesRelated NewsNov 12th, 2020

Angkas, Covid Task Force team up to transport frontliners

WITH limited mass transportation, Angkas, a motorcycle ride-hailing service, partnered with the National Task Force COVID-19 and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to provide free rides to medical frontliners in select hospitals. Based on the agreement between the JTF Covid Shield and Angkas Group, its 1,000 riders would bring the frontliners assigned at the Philippine […].....»»

Category: newsSource:  manilatimes_netRelated NewsAug 7th, 2020

OVP to provide free shuttles to Cebu frontliners

CEBU CITY, Philippines — The Office of the Vice President (OVP) will be rolling out free shuttles for frontliners and health care workers in Cebu City. Vice President Leni Robredo, in a post on Facebook, announced that free rides under their office’s Bayahinan Sugbuanon would start tomorrow, Monday (July 6). The routes covered both the […] The post OVP to provide free shuttles to Cebu frontliners appeared first on Cebu Daily News......»»

Category: newsSource:  inquirerRelated NewsJul 5th, 2020

SMC extends period of DOTR fuel support

San Miguel Corp. extended its free fuel support to the government’s “Libreng Sakay” program after the modified enhanced community quarantine period, or up to June 15, bringing its total fuel donation for the benefit of medical front liners to P6.2 million......»»

Category: financeSource:  thestandardRelated NewsJun 6th, 2020