Though no transport group in EV joined the strike

TACLOBAN CITY – While Eastern Visayas was spared of a supposed nationwide strike from various drivers’ associations, the police in the region still deployed several of its vehicles on Monday (March 6) to ferry passengers.

The ‘Libreng Sakay,’ started at 6 am until 6 pm, is their way to ‘anticipate’ any passengers that may be affected by the strike, B/Gen. Rommel Francisco Marbil, the police regional director, said.

“We will continuously monitor for any possible changes and disturbances as well as provide assistance to the public,” he said in a statement released by the regional police information office.

Furthermore, a deployment of civil disturbance management (CDM) was also activated of any disruptive gatherings and protests.

The week-long protests were planned by various transport groups to oppose the government’s initiative for transport modernization.

The jeepney modernization program aims to gradually replace dilapidated jeepneys with more high-capacity and environment-friendly vehicles.

Based on the initial assessment and coordination by the different police provincial offices, none of the local transport groups in the region have joined the transport strike.