Motorist assistance in expressways to step up for Undas

Published October 28, 2021, 11:09 AM

by Ariel Fernandez

The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) has step up its operation in anticipation of increased traffic volume for the All Saint’s Day and All Soul’s Day, or locally called “Undas”.

MPTC President and CEO Rodrigo E. Franco said it will be done through the implementation of the “Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko” (SMSK), which as launched 12 years ago, along the NLEX, SCTEX, CAVITEX, C5 LINK, and CALAX from October 29 to November 2, 2021.

The SMSK is the motorist assistance program of the MPTC meant to enhance all services along its expressway networks. The MPTC operations teams have been on heightened alert as early as October 22.

“We remain committed to provide our motorists with ease of travel, ensure their safety, and

assist them immediately this season as we also continue to observe COVID-19 protocols for the

protection of our customers and employees,” said Franco.

The official said traffic management teams on NLEX-SCTEX will adopt extended working hours to closely monitor and manage the expected high volume of vehicles in Balintawak, Mindanao, Karuhatan, Bocaue, San Simon, San Fernando, Tarlac and Tipo.

Around 1,200 patrol crews, traffic marshals, security teams, and lane personnel will be deployed to ensure safety and provide immediate assistance to motorists.

Emergency medical services and incident response teams will also be fielded at strategic areas of the expressways.

Due to the implementation of the Alert Level 3 in NCR, Cavite, and Laguna per the IATF’s latest

resolution, Franco said the average daily traffic in CAVITEX, C5 LINK, and CALAX is expected to increase by around 11 percent.

Construction and lane closures along the mainline road of all MPTC expressways will be

suspended from October 27 until November 2 unless safety repairs are necessary. For those traveling with Class 1 or light vehicles, free 24-hour towing service to the nearest exit will be available from October 29, 6:00 a.m. to November 2, 6:00 a.m.

Updated traffic situation will be posted on the company’s social media accounts, while the 24/7

Hotline (1-35000) will also be ready to address customer concerns.