There were no Bacolod residents who were stranded on Monday, March 6, Bacolod Mayor Alfredo Abelardo Benitez said.
Benitez thanked the public transportation groups in Bacolod for not joining the nationwide strike, and assured them that he will continue to assist them in complying with the requirements of the public transport modernization program to enable them to continue to operate.
The Bacolod Modernized Transport Group, Sentrong Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operators Negros, Federation of Bacolod City Drivers Association and the United Negros Drivers Operators Center did not join the strike.
The Bacolod transport groups instead held a prayer rally at the San Sebastian Cathedral in Bacolod, and only a small group picketed on the side of the road.
A nationwide transport strike was called to oppose the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s Memorandum Circular No. 2023-013, which set a June 30 deadline for individual operators to join the modernization program or risk losing their franchises.
The deadline has since been extended to December 31.*