Face-to-face classes in Pampanga suspended due to transport strike

By Zorayda Tecson

November 22, 2023, 11:59 am

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CITY OF SAN FERNANDO, Pampanga – The provincial government of Pampanga on Wednesday suspended face-to-face classes at all levels, both in public and private schools due to the nationwide transport strike.

Acting Governor Lilia Pineda issued an executive order canceling the classes in anticipation of the possible effects of the transport strike initiated separately by two transport groups.

To avoid disruption in the academic calendar, Pineda said public and private schools are encouraged to implement online/modular classes or any alternative learning delivery modality applicable during the said date.

In the highly urbanized city of Angeles, the same directive was likewise issued by Mayor Carmelo Lazatin Jr.

Other local government units in Central Luzon that also suspended face-to-face classes at all levels in both public and private schools are Malolos City and Calumpit, both in Bulacan.

As the three-day transport strike launched by militant group Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Opereytor Nationwide (PISTON) ends on Wednesday, another group, Malayang Alyansa ng Bus Employees and Laborers (MANIBELA) announced on Tuesday that it will hold a separate three-day protest until Friday ahead of the approaching deadline for franchise consolidation applications for public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program. (PNA)