Expressway toll fees are now free for all medical frontliners

Updated Mar 30, 2020 | Same topic: COVID-19 Updates

Private companies are extending their support for our modern-day heroes.

As of March 27, 2020, Mark Villar, the Secretary leading the helm of the Department of Public Works and Highways, announced that all tolls for all expressways across the Philippines are now waived for the medical frontliners fighting in the battle against the novel coronavirus.

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For those expressways owned and operated by San Miguel Corp (SMC), which include South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX), STAR Tollway, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX), medical workers will need to acquire a special RFID sticker from SMC. If they already have one, then SMC will just have to convert their existing RFID sticker.

A picture of NLEX on a normal day

NLEX on a normal day

For the Metro Pacific expressways like North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Cavite - Laguna Expressway, NLEX Harbor Link, and Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, medical frontliners should present their PRC license I.D. card at the Balintawak Toll Plaza and Cavitex customer service centers. This is effective beginning March 30, 2020 from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM.

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A picture of the Balintawak-Toll Plaza

The Balintawak-Toll Plaza 

In a statement, SMC President Ramon Ang says that:

“This is the least we can do to show our appreciation and gratitude for our doctors and nurses who are working under extremely challenging circumstances to save lives. Considering the sacrifices they make on a daily basis, this is a small gesture. But nevertheless, we hope it helps make life a bit easier for them and remind them that what they do for all [of] us is deeply appreciated”

The entire island of Luzon is now in the third week of the Enhanced Community Quarantine, and as of March 30, 2020, the number of recorded coronavirus cases across the entire Philippines now number at 1,418 in total.

For more COVID-19 related updates, keep reading here on Philkotse.com.

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar is a graduate of AB English with previous experience working as a freelance writer for varied internet publications in-between his former stints in the Pharmaceutical Industry, and later as a First Aid Provider and Training Staff at the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office.

Since childhood, Cesar has been keenly interested in cars. He has learned the ins and outs of these marvelous vehicles and is a competent amateur mechanic who is keen on sharing his knowledge.

Cesar is perceptive of car culture in general – not only in the Philippines but in global regard, as well. His knowledge ranges from the prevalent stories and trends among car enthusiasts around the world, to closely following the latest local and international developments in the automotive industry.

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