THE Alliance of Concerned Transport Organizations (ACTO) yesterday
called off a planned strike today after meeting with officials of the
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, the Department of
Transportation and Communication and the Land Transportation Office to
iron out details of the implementation of a unified traffic ticketing
system in the metropolis.
ACTO president Efren de Luna
told reporters he and his colleagues in the transport sector were
pleased with the result of the dialogue held at Club Filipino in
Greenhills, San Juan and the promise of concerned officials that the
single traffic ticketing system will soon be put in place in Metro
ACTO threatened last Friday a metro-wide strike
by member-drivers in order to force transport authorities to give in to
its demand for a single-ticketing system for traffic violators in the
whole metropolis. De Luna accused local government units with different
traffic violation tickets of making milking cows of jeepney drivers
through exorbitant traffic fines.
However, other leaders
of jeepney operators and drivers associations who also support a single
traffic ticketing system and who were present in the dialogue
yesterday, said ACTO had not even informed them that it was planning to
hold a strike in their behalf.
"Hindi kami kasama sa
[transport] strike na ‘yan. Kung ano ang pananaw ng aming kasamang
Efren de Luna ay sa kanya na iyon. Pero hindi talaga kami kasama sa
pinaplano ng ACTO na strike," said Fejodap president Zenaida Maranan.
transport leaders walked out of the dialogue, saying that they will not
allow themselves to be used by De Luna for his own agenda. "Gusto ko na
nga siyang batuhin ng kamatis. Wala talaga kaming kaalam-alam sa strike
na iyan. Ang pinag-uusapan dito ay iyong single ticketing system pero
iyon pala may isinusulong na siyang iba," said another transport leader
apparently disgusted by De Luna’s motive. "Talagang nagulat ako sa mga
pinagsasabi ni De Luna. Wala kaming kaalam-alam na kasama pala kami
doon sa sinasabi niyang strike."
Earlier, the Piston
group of George San Mateo said it will not join De Luna’s group in the
strike as it does not trust him to really fight for the rights of the
transport sector. "Bagamat lehitimong problema ng mga drivers ang
isyung dadalhin sa diumano’y welga sa Pebrero 23, duda kami sa motibo
at sinseridad ni De Luna na isulong ang binabalak nitong welga. Mahirap
para sa amin na sumama sa diumano’y transport strike ni De Luna dahil
wala siyang kredibilidad sa mayorya ng mga tsuper at operators sanhi ng
maraming beses nitong pagbaligtad at pagbalimbing sa maraming welga sa
nakaraan," San Mateo said.
"Batay sa aming naging
karanasan kay De Luna sa mga nakaraang welga, wala itong prinsipyo at
lagi itong biglang bumabalimbing at umuurong sa mga labanan kapag ito
ay kinakausap ng Malacañang at ng mga malalaking kumpanya ng langis,"
Quezon City Rep. Mary Ann Susano of the House
Committee on Metro Manila Development who joined the dialogue said
Metro Manila mayors have agreed in principle to set aside their
separate ticketing ordinances and use only the TVR of the MMDA. She
said the LGUs will get the traffic fines.