By James A. Loyola
SMC Tollways has assigned priority lanes at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) to ensure efficient delivery of basic goods and emergency health services to and from Metro Manila and neighboring provinces in the south.
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) president and COO Ramon S. Ang said these priority lanes along SLEX will ensure the unimpeded flow of delivery trucks that carry basic goods to various areas, raw materials to production facilities as well as vehicles that bring medical personnel, equipment and supplies.
“We are doing this to guarantee that essential deliveries reach their destination as smoothly and quickly as possible,”Ang said, adding that “These same lanes can also be used by emergency health vehicles to quickly get to places in need of medical attention,” he added.
For faster processing of vehicles, companies are advised to prepare the government-required cargo documents and for delivery personnel to follow checkpoint procedures.
PNP’s inspection teams are located before the Susana Heights exit (southbound) and along the Alabang-Filinvest Interchange before SLEX Alabang northbound exit. These inspection teams, like in other areas in the country, were established to prevent the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
Earlier, SMC Tollways also announced safety measures to protect both motorists and tollway employees.
These include the availability of alcohol dispensers at all toll plazas and SMC Tollways facilities, the wearing of face masks and surgical gloves by tellers and traffic personnel, and the sanitation of toll booths and patrol vehicles before and after each shift.
To prevent contamination and hasten traffic flow, SMC Tollways is encouraging the use of RFID facility to reduce the chance of contamination and hasten traffic flow going in and out of Metro Manila.