P72M toll fees waived for frontliners


    San Miguel Corp. yesterday said its free toll assistance to 10,000 medical front liners in Metro Manila and nearby provinces has reached P72.4 million.

    The program, which is in effect at the STAR tollway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway system, NAIA Expressway, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), regularly benefits medical front liners—among them doctors, nurses, medical and laboratory technicians. The program will continue for those who availed of it until the pandemic passes.

    “It has been six months since we started the free toll program for medical front liners.

    Despite the worst and longest health and economic crisis we have experienced as a country, there is still much we have to be grateful for, thanks to the continued service, dedication, and sacrifices of our medical front liners,” said Ramon Ang, SMC president.
    With most crucial medical frontliners now covered by the privilege, SMC subsidiary SMC Infrastructure has ended processing new applications for free toll for medical front liners.

    The amount of qualified applications the company has received had already gone down significantly, as most medical front liners using the expressways have already gotten their special RFID stickers by now.

    With this, SMC Infrastructure is focusing on processing the increased number of new applications for free RFID toll collection stickers from regular motorists, prior to the full implementation on November 2 of 100 percent cashless, electronic toll collection at all expressways, as required by government.

    Since the start of the pandemic, SMC’s assistance package of P500 million for medical front liners has resulted to donations to hospitals nationwide of capacity-building and life-saving equipment.