Eighteen city government vehicleswould be mobilized. PSTMO chief Jeck Conlu said these would be stationed inpublic plazas for the easy access of commuters beginning at 6 a.m. The PSTMO would also be seeking thehelp of the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire Protection, PhilippineArmy, and Philippine Coast Guard which all have transportation assets. “Dakuna ang gasto sang coop. Indi namon pag i-sakripisyo,” saidRaymundo Parcon, chairman of WVTC. “So nag-decisionkami indi na lang mag upod sa untatbyahe.” “Sa umpisa medyo bug-at,” said Alido. But he expressed confidence that OTC would help theircooperative. “Seguroindi man kita pagpabay-an kon nagakalugi kita.” ILOILO City – The Western VisayasTransport Cooperative (WVTC) is not joining Monday’s nationwide transportstrike against the phase out of old jeepneys. It has received a warning fromthe Office of Transportation Cooperatives (OTC) that its registration could berevoked. FREERIDES The EmergencyResponders of Iloilo (EROI) will also be on standby to man the terminals. The government’s move to modernizePhilippine public transport aims to minimize air pollution and improve publictransport safety. Instead of staying off the streets,said Parcon, WVTC would just send a petition letter to the Office of thePresident, Congress, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board(LTFTB), and DOTr expressing opposition to the outright phase out of oldjeepneys by July 2020. But it will bebusiness as usual at the provincial capitol. There will be a regular flagceremony on Monday. One of the bigger groupsunder ICAODC is the CityLoop Integrated Alliance of Jeepney Operators and Drivers Association(CLIAJODA). Its president Rizalito Alido said they are supportive of thegovernment’s transport modernization program. Modern jeepneys are required to have,among others, Euro 4 engines that meet the European Union emission standards onharmful chemicals (such as toxic sulfur, benzene and carbon dioxide, etc.),Global Positioning System, automatic fare collection system, dashboard camera,speed limiter, and closed-circuit television camera. So as not to inconvenience strandedcommuters on Monday, Iloilo City’s Mayor Jerry Treñas ordered the Public Safetyand Transportation Management Office (PSTMO) to help transport people. The Iloiloprovincial government will offer free rides, too. Gov. Arthur Defensor Jr. saidthe free transport service will not only be limited to provincial capitolemployees. Personnel ofthe Provincial Health Office and the 13 province-run hospitals will also be onstandby./PN According to Conlu, his office wouldalso be asking the LTFRB to allow buses to enter the city. WVTC was formed two years ago so thatmembers could comply with the transport modernization program of thegovernment. It is registered with the OTC, the government agency mandated topromulgate and implement rules and regulations that govern the promotion,organization, regulation, supervision, registration through accreditation and developmentof transportation cooperatives subject to the approval of the Department ofTransportation (DOTr). “We will alsocater to regular passengers,” he said during the coordination meeting withconcerned department heads and national government agencies yesterday. Meanwhile, theAssociation of Taxi Operators in Panay (ATOP) clarified members will not stopoperating on Monday. The Iloilo CityAssociation of Operators and Drivers Cooperative (ICAODC), too, is not joining Monday’s transport holiday, itannounced yesterday. Among others, Parcon said, they wouldask that instead of requiring operators to purchase modern jeepneys, just allowthe rehabilitation of old units (buy new engine if the body is stillserviceable), and extend the transition period by three more years. Under WVTC are some 2,000 jeepneyunits affiliated with the Iloilo City Loop Alliance of Jeepney Operators andDrivers Association (ICLAJODA) and transport groups from the municipalities ofDumangas and Barotac Nuevo in Iloilo province, and from the provinces ofAntique and Guimaras. The governorreviewed their contingency measures and checked on how they can assist theprovince in minimizing the effect of the strike. Parcon admitted that WVTC was part ofseveral local transport groups that agreed to join the nationwide transportstrike on Sept. 30. They support thetransport strike but will only be staging a caravan from the Mohon Terminal inMandurriao district towards LTFRB Region 6 office in Barangay Tabuc Suba, Jarodistrict in the morning of Sept. 30, stressed ATOP president Perfecto Yap. Alido is also the secretary general of ICAODC. In a previous interview, he said, “Waay namanta mahimo. We have to modernize kay ang tanan naga-modernize na gid manto serve the commuting public.” Employees whowill report late may not use the bundy clock to log in. Others who will beabsent can maximize their leave credits. For theprovincial government, 24 light vehicles and 7 trucks will be stationed in citytransport terminals (barangays Ungka and Tagbak in Jaro, and Barangay Mohon inMandurriao) in the morning to pick up provincial passengers.