• The MMDA lifted the number coding on January 24 due to the expected nationwide transport strike
• Some schools are expected to announce suspension of classes
• PISTON president George San Mateo clarified they will not mount a transport strike, but will stage massive protests in front of LTFRB offices nationwide
The Unified Vehicular Volume Reduction Program (UVVRP), commonly known as number coding, of the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) is lifted on Wednesday, January 24, due to the expected nationwide transport strike scheduled for that day.
The MMDA issued the advisory on its Twitter account on Tuesday, January 23.
“To help commuters that might be affected by the transport strike, the UVVRP or number coding scheme is suspended tomorrow, Jan. 24, for all vehicles, public and private 9except Makati and Las Piñas),” the MMDA’s tweet read.
As mentioned in Local Pulse story dated January 23, 2018, some schools are expected to declare suspension of classes due to the scheduled transport strike by the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON).
However, PISTON president George San Mateo, who was out on bail after a Quezon City court ordered his arrest for holding a transport strike in February 2017, clarified that they will not mount a transport strike, but will stage massive protest actions in front of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board offices nationwide.
The group is protesting the government’s “Tanggal Bulok, Tanggal Usok” campaign, which aims to rid Metro Manila streets of smoke-belching and old jeepneys as part of its modernization program.
To help commuters that might be affected by the transport strike, the UVVRP or number coding scheme is SUSPENDED tomorrow, Jan. 24, 2018 for ALL vehicles, public and private (except Makati and Las Piñas). #mmda
— Official MMDA (@MMDA) January 23, 2018