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MANILA, Philippines – With a looming transport strike on Monday, November 20, some universities have already shifted from face-to-face to online classes starting on that day.
The strike will be led by transport group PISTON. They are protesting the December 31 deadline for individual jeepney operators to consolidate. (READ: As deadline looms, jeepney drivers must consolidate or retrain for another job)
Below are the schools which have so far announced a shift to online classes:
- Adamson University
- Ateneo de Manila University
- De La Salle University
- Far Eastern University
- University of the East
- University of the Philippines Diliman
- University of Santo Tomas
The suspensions come even as Land Transportation and Franchising Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairman Teofilo Guadiz III emphasized that the transport strike will have practically “no impact.” Given the small effect of the the three previous transport strikes this year, he doesn’t advise schools to suspend classes.
“Practically, wala hong impact yung sinasabi nilang transport holiday or strike. In Metro Manila, we have identified seven to eight routes. Kung ako po ang tatanong ninyo, hindi ko po ire-recommenda ang pagsuspindi ng klase or ang pagsuspindi ng pasok,” Guadiz said during a press conference on November 16.
(There will be practically no impact due to what they call a transport holiday or strike. In Metro Manila, we have identified seven to eight routes. If you ask me, I don’t recommend the suspension of classes.) – Rappler.com