Business as usual for Capitol, Bacolod during 2-day transportation strike
BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
It will be business as usual for Capitol workers during the two-day transportation strike March 21-22 in Negros Occidental.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz said yesterday he would use Capitol passenger buses to transport provincial government employees out of town, in addition to the Capitol taxi which is available at the request of its employees.
Diaz said he has already instructed the Office of Human Resources Management and the Provincial Planning and Development Office to conduct a survey of the number of Capitol employees residing outside the city of Bacolod, for l identification of bus stops and where they will be picked up in a given period. of time.
Transport strike organizers expect a 100% paralysis of public transport operations in Bacolod City and Negros Occidental.
After work, Diaz said they will also be delivered to bus stops where they were picked up on the way to work.
REGULAR OFFICE HOURS
The Bacolod City Government will continue to observe regular business hours during the 2-day transportation strike on Monday and Tuesday.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia said yesterday that business would continue as usual at the Bacolod City Government Center when the transport sector holds a ‘people’s day’ to protest the recent wave of price increases fuel price.
“Your city government sympathizes with the feelings and disappointments of transportation groups. We express our solidarity with you as you call on national agencies to provide some relief to an already difficult situation which is further aggravated by the current health crisis,” the mayor said.
“We wish you a peaceful activity next week. And I reiterate my call for sobriety. Let’s also show respect for other stakeholders who may not join the protest action on Monday and Tuesday,” Leonardia said.
In order not to disrupt LGU’s services to its constituents, your municipal administration will observe regular office hours. The local government will also provide transportation services for employees who may be stranded due to the “people’s day”, he said.
Leonardia advised city government employees to contact their respective departments or units for guidance.*