PAF more than willing to help mitigate effects of transport strike

March 15, 2012 9:21 am 

MANILA, March 14 – The Philippine Air Force (PAF) on Wednesday announced that it is more than willing to assist in the government's effort to mitigate the effects of scheduled transport strike this coming Thursday.

And should the service be called to provide transport to commuters that would be stranded by this event,PAF spokesperson Lt. Col. Miguel Ernesto Okol said that the command has sufficient vehicles for the task.

"We have vehicles on stand-by if ever we will be tasked to provide (assistance to passengers affected by the strike)," he stressed.

"There is no request yet but we can field 6×6 and 11/4 ton trucks for this purpose when needed," Okol emphasized.

The National Capital Region Police Office earlier said that it will be deploying 200 uniformed police officers to monitor and secure Thursday's protest activities against the continuing skyrocketing prices of fuel oil.

As this develops, the Philippine National Police reiterated its appeal to strikers to observe the rule of law in conducting their protest actions and not harass public utility drivers who decided not to participate in the strike.

Urban poor group Kalipunan ng Damayang Mahihirap (Kadamay) called on motorists and commuters to support the five-minute EDSA blockade at 6pm this March 15.

The group plans on Thursday to barricade the North Triangle area.

"We only ask for five minutes of their trip to register our strongest opposition to the oil cartel at the expense of the majority of the Filipinos," Kadamay national secretary Gloria Arellano said.

The militant group blamed the unhampered oil price hikes behind the increase in basic commodities primarily food. (PNA)

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