Biggest alliances and communities of transport network vehicle services (TNVS), under the banner of TNVS Community; commuter groups, Defend Job Philippines and Lawyers for Commuters Safety and Protection; and legislators, Kabataan Partylist Rep. Sarah Elago and ACTS-OFW Partylist Rep. Aniceto Bertiz III, come together in a press conference in Quezon City to announce the first-ever “TNVS Transport Holiday” in the country, dubbed as #LabanTNVS, which is set on July 8, Monday.

According to the groups, they are asking for understanding and support from the riding public as they will temporarily stop operations and will go offline on Monday from 6:00 in the morning until 6:00 in the evening.

The groups identified three “#LabanTNVS Transport Holiday” command monitoring centers at the Quezon City Memorial Circle, Mendiola Bridge and Senate-Diokno Avenue in Pasay City, where they will set-up protest camps during the entire duration of the TNVS Transport Holiday. Members of the Metro Manila Hatchback Community will also march to the Office of the Ombudsman to file charges against LTFRB officials.

“The 12-hour #LabanTNVS Transport Holiday on Monday is our form of collective protest against our various issues and complaints against the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board’s (LTFRB) pahirap policies, which curtails our right to decent and legitimate livelihood for our families,” says TNVS Community.

They continued that the #LabanTNVS Transport Holiday on Monday is only a start of their series of activities to raise their issues against the LTFRB including the inconsistency of the agency in its procedural processes in terms of registration and application for TNVS and the complicated high requirements and slow processing of the Board for acquiring and releasing provisional authority (PA) and Certificate of Public Convenience (CPC).

Panelists of today’s press conference also call the attention of the LTFRB for a moratorium of the increasing numbers of reported apprehensions of TNVS drivers. Deactivated hatchback drivers also reiterated their call to accept hatchback applications in adherence to the LTFRB’s own Memorandum Circular 2018-005.

“Our #LabanTNVS Transport Holiday on Monday will only mark the beginning of more protests to come in the coming days leading to the State of the Nation Address (SONA) of President Duterte on July 22 and even beyond in order to send our appeal to the President to take immediate action on our situation, and until the LTFRB will not heed our demands and address our concerns,” ended the group. ###