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San Miguel Corporation (SMC) said it has waived toll fees at the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Southern Tagalog Arterial Road (STAR) for both government and private vehicles involved in ongoing relief efforts, following the eruption of Taal Volcano.
Last week, SMC’s tollways unit announced it was waiving toll fees for southbound government vehicles carrying volunteers, equipment, and relief goods. Private vehicles being used to deliver relief goods were also allowed to pass for free, with proper advance coordination with tollway management.
And to further hasten the delivery of relief goods to these areas without the need for advance coordination, SMC Tollways has now advised motorists carrying relief goods to stop at the following inspection sites: SLEX Southbound (Petron Silangan/KM 44, Mayapa Entry, Batino Entry, Calamba/Real Entry); STAR Southbound location (Sto. Tomas Entry); and all STAR Northbound entry locations (Batangas, Ibaan, Lipa, Toribio, Malvar, and Tanauan).
A toll supervisor, accompanied by a traffic enforcer, will then inspect the vehicle and issue a Free Single Exit Pass. This pass should only be surrendered at the cash lanes where the vehicle will be exiting.
“This is part of our wide-ranging efforts across the San Miguel Group to help our countrymen, through our own relief operations, and by supporting and enabling others who also want to help,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang.
“Yet again, we are seeing the best of Filipinos – helping and lifting each other up in times of great need,” he added.