BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
It will be business as usual for Capitol employees during the two-day transport strike on March 21 and 22 in Negros Occidental.
Provincial Administrator Rayfrando Diaz yesterday said that they will utilizing Capitol passenger buses to transport provincial government workers from out of town, in addition to the Capitol cab that is available for request by its employees.
Diaz said he already instructed the Human Resource Management Office and the Provincial Planning and Development Office to conduct a survey on how many Capitol employees are residing outside of Bacolod City, for the identification of bus stops and where they will be picked up in a given period of time.
Organizers of the transport strike are expecting 100 percent 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 have been picked up on their way to work.
REGULAR OFFICE HOURS
The Bacolod City Government will continue to observe regular office hours during the 2-day transport strike on Monday and Tuesday.
Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia yesterday said it is going to be business as usual at the Bacolod City Government Center when the transport sector will stage the “People’s Holiday” to protest against the recent spate of fuel price increases.
“Your city government commiserates with the transport groups’ sentiments and disappointments. We express our solidarity with you as you call on national agencies to provide some relief to an already difficult situation that is further compounded by the current health crisis,” the mayor said.
“We wish you a peaceful activity next week. And I reiterate my call for sobriety. Let us also show respect for other stakeholders who may not join the protest action on Monday and Tuesday,” Leonardia said.
So as not to disrupt the LGU’s services to its constituents, your city government will observe regular office hours. The local government will also provide transport services to employees who may be stranded as a result of the “People’s Holiday,” he said.
Leonardia advised city government employees to communicate with their respective departments or units for guidance.*