According to Familiaran, theDepartment of Education and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Officerecommended the suspension of classes for the safety of students. They projected a “70 percent to 99percent” paralysis of the transport sector. He, however, said work at city hallwill continue. Local transport groups joining thestrike are the United Negros Drivers Operators Center, Sentrong Samahan ngTsuper at Operators Negros and Federation Bacolod City Drivers Association. The transport strike from 5 a.m. to 5p.m. is a protest against the phase out of old jeepneys in line with thegovernment’s transport modernization program. The government’s move to modernizePhilippine public transport aims to minimize air pollution and improve public transportsafety. Modern jeepneys are required to have,among others, Euro 4 engines that meet the European Union emission standards onharmful chemicals (such as toxic sulfur, benzene and carbon dioxide, etc.),Global Positioning System, automatic fare collection system, dashboard camera,speed limiter, and closed-circuit television camera./PN Two buses and three IPM dump truckswill be transporting city hall employees, said Familiaran. Yesterday, Acting Mayor El CidFamiliaran issued Executive Order No. 28 declaring the suspension of classes. BACOLOD City – Classes in all levelsin private and public schools in this city are suspended on Monday due to thenational transport strike. The two buses will be stationed nearthe barangay halls of Sum-ag and Bata, while the IPM dump trucks will be inbarangays Granada ,Mansilingan and Handumanan. Meanwhile, Vallacar Transit Inc.,operator of Ceres buses, will not be joining in the nationwide strike.