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No transport strike
but forum set May 6

BY CARLA GOMEZ

United Negros Drivers Operators Center secretary general Jesse Ortega yesterday said no decision has been made to stage a transport strike in Negros Occidental, but a big multi-sectoral forum is set in Bacolod City on May 6 to consolidate opposition to the rising fuel prices.

He said the staging of a transport strike has yet to be decided.

Negros Occidental Gov. Alfredo Marañon Jr. yesterday said he is appealing to transport groups not to stage a strike as it will make the riding public suffer.

Nothing will happen by staging a strike, he said.

Elizabeth Katalbas, president of the Federation of Bacolod City, said the group will not join any transport strike, saying it will only mean no income for the drivers.

She said they are waiting for the government assistance promised the transport sector.

Frank Carbon, president of the Metro Bacolod Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said his group met with the officers of UNDOC yesterday and they agreed to hold a big forum to be attended by the transport group, the business sector and planters, among others.

We want to form a big alliance so we will have a bigger voice when airing our demand, especially for government to address the huge price disparity between fuel sold in Negros Occidental and Manila, he said.*CPG

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