Deped: Afternoon classes suspended in Quezon City and San Juan City due to bus strike

By on Nov 15, 2010 in Announcement, World Comments

The Department of Education (DepEd) has suspended all afternoon classes in private and public schools in Quezon City and San Juan City due to bus strike, as reported on local news sites a few hours ago.

According to the report, the suspension of afternoon classes involves the pre-school, elementary, and high school students.

In a phone interview, DepEd‘s assistant regional director for Metro Manila Rizalino Rosales said the decision for suspending the classes was based on the recommendation of teachers and school officials in both two cities.

According to a DZBB radio interview, Philippine National Police (PNP) has an estimated count of at least 8,500 passengers in Metro Manila that were stranded due to the bus strike.

In Quezon City alone, about 5,000 passengers were said to have been affected, while 2,000 came from eastern Metro Manila, and the rest from Muntinlupa, Pasay, and Parañaque.

As published at GMA News, PNP and the military deployed at least 70 “Libreng Sakay (free ride)” trucks, as well as 6-x-6 trucks to assist the stranded passengers.

Early this morning, some bus operators have showed some indications that they will declare today, Monday, as ‘holiday’ and will pursue a strike.

This is after Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) announced that a number-coding scheme will be implemented, where buses that will pass through the main roads of Metro Manila will be controlled depending on the last digit of their license plates.

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