#WalangPasok: Class suspensions for March 19

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 19) — Several schools and three cities have suspended classes due to the nationwide transport strike Monday.

Here's a list of class suspensions:

Local government units

Schools

The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) also lifted the number-coding scheme due to the strike.

MMDA spokesperson Celine Pialago said as of 8 a.m., they have yet to see the impact of the transport strike.

"So far, kanina, galing kami ng Aurora Blvd., nagmo-monitor tayo, nasa 10 lamang yung paunang rallyista na nagsasagawa ng kilos protesta. Pero kahit ganoon hindi natin minaliit 'yung bilang na 'yun. Meron naman hong pwersa ng PNP doon at MMDA," Pialago told CNN Philippines.

(Translation: So far, we went to Aurora Blvd. we were monitoring. There were only around 10 protesters so far. But we did not take that number for granted, we have police and MMDA forces in the area.)

The protest areas are:

- Cubao along Aurora Blvd., in front of Cubao Elementary School

- Alabang Viaduct

- Monumento Circle cor. Rizal Avenue

- Novaliches-Bayan

- Anda Circle in Manila

Pialago said there are around 50 government vehicles on standby to help passengers who may be stranded.

Jeepney phaseout

Several transport groups are holding the nationwide transport strike due to the public utility vehicle (PUV) modernization program.

The program aims to replace PUVs over 15 years old with "low-carbon and low-emission technology" vehicles.

These new units can cost up to P1.3 million each.

Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide (PISTON) president George San Mateo said this could be a ploy to increase vehicle sales of big automotive companies, and can mean unemployment and debt for other operators and drivers.

READ: Unemployment, debt from jeepney modernization program worry transport groups