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SMC’s Skyway extends free toll to medical workers

Some 10,400 medical frontliners will continue to enjoy toll-free passage on San Miguel Corp.’s Skyway 3.

SMC president and COO Ramon S. Ang announced that they have extended their free toll program for health workers passing through Skyway indefinitely.

To date, SMC has waived a total of P156 million for doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians and other medical workers
since March last year.

Since June 2020, SMC has been the only toll operator that has imposed a “no toll fees” policy for medical practitioners at its expressways, namely the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway, NAIA Expressway (NAIAX), and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX).

“This time of pandemic, we need to help our country, our fellow Filipinos, and each other, as much as we can. We have been providing this courtesy to our medical practitioners non-stop, because it’s our way of honoring them and thanking them for their selfless efforts to save lives and to help us survive this crisis,” Ang said.

In the first two weeks since its doft opening, Skyway 3 recorded an average of 71,000 vehicles per day.

When fully operational, Skyway 3 can easily accommodate 200,000 vehicles or half of daily Edsa traffic, Ang said.

“ For so many decades, we have all suffered countless hours of traffic on Edsa and most of our major roads. With Skyway Stage 3, motorists now have the option to take a much faster route that will save them time and fuel. But the real beauty of it is this will also decongest Edsa and other roads, making travel there for many people also easier,” Ang said.

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