, convenor of the newly-organized Alyansa sa Ikauunlad ng Metro at Provincial Buses (AIMPB), said that the action of the bus organizations does not seek to sympathize with disgruntled jeepney organizations but to dramatize the own concerns of the passenger bus sector.
In a meeting yesterday, the Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines
(PBOAP), Southern Luzon Bus Operators Association
(SOLUBOA), Metro Manila Bus Association
(MMBOA), Inter-City Bus Association
(INTERBOA), North Manila Bus Organization
(NMBOG) and the Integrated Metro Bus Operators Association
(IMBOA) agreed to stage a one-day bus holiday to ask the government to be more effective in addressing concerns like their fare hike petition, increasing cost of fuel, expensive spare parts, and harassment by traffic enforcers.
For the first time, provincial bus operators will join their Metro Manila counterparts in a protest action.Yague, is PBOAP president, noted that provincial bus operators were by nature conservative and have perennially avoided mass actions. He
said that for the first time, provincial bus operators are getting involved to express disgust over the inaction and lack of sincerity of government transport officials to their plight.
stressed that the bus holiday when member-buses nationwide will not ply their routes will be peaceful with no mass action on the street and the public adequately informed of the holiday to minimize inconvenience.
"We will make the necessary announcement on the exact date of the bus holiday," he
said, adding "We know the public will understand our plight." Yague
explained, for instance, that in their fare hike petition the government was giving them the run-around, arbitrarily postponing the hearings and asking for all sorts of unnecessary data just to delay the process.
"Despite our many meetings with government officials, we have not really talk about substance," he
also lamented the unequal treatment be given to provincial and Metro Manila bus operators over the diesel price discount.He
also noted that despite several announcements on discounted spare parts, these items are still to be made available.