ANGELES CITY -- Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) President and Chief Executive Officer Rodrigo Franco said the firm is set to implement an extensive motorist assistance program starting this Holy Week.
The program is aimed at ensuring a safe and convenient travel for motorists at the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), and Cavite Expressay (CAVITEX).
In line with this, the MPTC is expanding this year the coverage of its annual “Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko” (SMSK) program at NLEX, SCTEX and CAVITEX.
The expanded SMSK will cover not only Holy Week, All Saints Day, and Christmas holidays but also the forthcoming long weekends specifically Araw ng Kagitingan (April 7 to9), National Heroes’ Day (August 25 to 27) and Bonifacio Day (November 30 to December 2).
The SMSK is MPTC’s annual assistance program intended to ensure hassle-free travel during holidays by enhancing all services in all three MPTC-owned expressways.
Apart from expanding the coverage to the long weekends, the SMSK will also render 24-hour free towing services for Class 1 vehicles during the specific periods instead of the usual 12-hour operation.
“We are implementing a more extensive SMSK starting this Holy Week to further improve our services for safe and convenient travel to our motorists traveling between Metro Manila and Central and North Luzon provinces,” said Franco.
From March 23 to April 2, NLEX-SCTEX traffic personnel will devote extended working hours and intensified patrol coverage to closely monitor and manage the expected surge of vehicles in Balintawak, Mindanao Avenue, Bocaue, Sta. Ines, Tarlac and Subic - Tipo toll plazas. Additional patrol and incident response teams will also be ready to assist motorists at all interchanges and fuel stations.
On the peak hours of March 28, 29, and April 1, the Balintawak Toll Plaza will open 24 toll collection points while Mindanao Avenue and Tarlac toll plazas will open 10 and 29 toll collection points, respectively. Portabooths and portable toll collection equipment will be used to speed up transactions.
By April 1, the Bocaue Toll Plaza will have a maximum of 62 toll collection points in operation for motorists going back to Metro Manila.
During the same period, CAVITEX will deploy more traffic patrol officers and security personnel to manage the traffic and assist motorists. Ambulant tellers will be on standby to facilitate faster toll transactions.
On March 28 to April 1, MPTC and its partners will set up SMSK Motorist Camps and provide free services such as free calls and Wi-Fi, free drinking water, free basic mechanic services and first aid treatments in designated locations along NLEX, SCTEX, and CAVITEX.
Free towing services to the nearest exit will be offered to Class 1 from 6:00 a.m. of March 28 to 12:00 a.m. of April 1.
SMSK is co-presented by Caltex and supported by Nutri-Asia, Shell, Smart, PLDT, Maynilad, Prestone, and media partners TV5, The Philippine Star, Manila Bulletin, and Manila Standard.