Jeepney drivers planning nationwide protests in the Philippines

Jeepney drivers planning nationwide protests in the Philippines April 18. Rallies likely outside DOTC offices. Expect traffic delays.

This alert affects Philippines
This alert began 07 Apr 2016 17:03 GMT and is scheduled to expire 18 Apr 2016 23:59 GMT.

- Event: Jeepney driver protests
- Location: Nationwide; largest action likely in Metro Manila
- Date: April 18
- Impact: Localized transport disruptions Summary Jeepney drivers are organizing nationwide rallies April 18 to protest proposed plans to phase out older jeepney vehicles. Gatherings will probably take place outside Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) offices in major cities, with the largest likely to occur in Metro Manila. During prior demonstrations, jeepney drivers have staged caravans before their rallies; this could intensify traffic disruptions on streets around the protest sites. Participation may reach the thousands in larger cities, including Metro Manila and Cebu City.

The demonstration will affect jeepney availability across the Philippines, forcing would-be passengers to seek alternative transport. Authorities will likely boost security as a precaution, but significant violent unrest is not anticipated.

Background
The upcoming demonstrations are the latest in a series organized by the No to Jeepney Phaseout Coalition. Prior rallies have primarily been concentrated in Metro Manila and have remained peaceful, but have caused localized traffic disruptions and left hundreds of passengers stranded. The drivers oppose a plan by the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board that would gradually phase out jeepney vehicles that are more than 15 years old. Authorities have assured the drivers that consultation for the plan is ongoing; however, this communication has not averted protests.

Advice
Seek alternative routes to avoid DOTC offices during the protest, especially in Metro Manila and Cebu City, where gatherings will likely be larger. Prepare for major congestion near protest sites during the event; if possible, schedule ground transport either before or after the demonstrations. Jeepney passengers should arrange alternative travel during the protest; more crowded conditions are possible on buses and other mass transit.

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