TNVS drivers, operators won’t call off big strike

July 06, 2019

THE Laban Transportation Network Vehicle Service (TNVS), a network of TNVS drivers and operators, and commuters group Defend Job Philippines said tomorrow’s transport holiday will push through despite the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB’s) call for a dialogue.

The groups explained that the upcoming transport holiday will be a peaceful, non-violent and non-confrontational form of protest “to air our demand for smoother registration process.”

“We are all systems go for the transport holiday on Monday. Nothing can stop us from exercising our rights to air our dissent against Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB’s) pahirap policies,” the group said.

Lawyer Ariel Inton Jr., founder of Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection (LCSP), said at least 35,000 TNVS drivers and operators in Metro Manila are expected to participate in the transport holiday with some temporarily suspending their operations and going offline from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

“Tuloy ito, nag-meeting nga uli ang lahat grupo para sa final plans kung ano gagawin bukas Lunes,” said Inton.

The groups (LCSP, TNVS, Defend Job Phil.) clarified that they are not forcing transport network vehicle services (TNVS) drivers and operators to go offline tomorrow for their plan to stage the #LabanTNVS Transport Holiday.

The groups however said the majority of the TNVS group will participate and will stop their operations from 6 a.m. till 6 p.m. tomorrow.

The groups meanwhile hailed the Anti-Red Tape Authority (ARTA) and the Civil Service Commission (CSC), particularly former LTFRB official Aileen Lizada, for bringing the concerns of TNVS drivers and operators to concerned government offices.

TNVS drivers and operators also said that they are still open to a dialogue with the LTFRB to fix the problems in the application processes.

They urged Delgra to heed and join the dialogue called by ARTA with the LTFRB, CSC and TNVS groups at the QC Memorial Circle tomorrow at 8:30 a.m.