The Quezon City government, on orders of Mayor Herbert Bautista, has fielded two city-owned and eight privately-operated buses to provide free rides to commuters who will be affected by the transport strike organized by militant drivers and operators of public utility vehicles.
Aside from the buses, 142 yellow multi-cabs maintained by the city government were pooled for deployment to jeepney and bus routes affected by the strike.
The QC department of public order and safety, headed by Elmo San Diego, has mobilized additional traffic enforcers to complement traffic personnel of the Metro Manila Development Authority (MMDA) and the QC Police District Traffic Management Unit in an effort to lessen the effect of the strike on peace and order and traffic flow, especially around the QC Memorial Circle, where militant transport leaders assembled at around 10 a.m.
Meanwhile, the QC Police District has fielded a six by six truck to augment the number of transport vehicles deployed by the city government.
Militant transport group PISTON earlier declared its plan to stage the caravan to protest the continued increase in oil prices. -30- Precy/Ramir/Maureen Quinones, PAISO