MANILA -- The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) clarified on Friday that the near 10-percent increase in the Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) will be implemented starting Saturday.

In an interview with Sun.Star, TRB spokesman Julius Corpuz said the deferment last Tuesday was only applied to the 250-percent hike in toll fees at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx).

“The minor temporary increase will take effect on July 10. In fact, STAR toll way representatives just met the Sangguniang Panlalawigan ng Batangas Thursday as arranged by Governor Vilma Santos-Recto and was told no one opposed after they explained the basis of the increase of around 8 to 9 percent,” he said.

Corpuz explained that the minimal increase is due to the road improvement project under Star Infrastructure Development Corp. (SIDC).

“The road improvements were done as requested by the local government units and the Department of Public Works and Highways so that it could benefit the economic activity of the surrounding communities,” he said.

The 42-kilometer Apolinario Mabini Superhighway (formerly STAR) is a four-lane highway traversing the Southern Luzon provinces of Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon.

The highway will soon be connected to the 97-km SLEx through an 8-km loop from Calamba, Laguna to Sto.Tomas, Batangas. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)