At the onset of this pandemic, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) officially waived toll fees for all frontliners passing through SMC-operated expressways. The company now shares that to date, it has already waived a total of over P138 million in toll collections.
The breakdown of the total is as follows: P67,334,728 from the Skyway, P55,898,294 from the South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), P6,212,260 from the NAIA Expressway (NAIAX), P5,868,992 from the STAR Tollway, and P2,899,345 from the Tarlac–Pangasinan–La Union Expressway (TPLEX).
“It has been nine months since we started this program. And while our situation these days may be a little different since we have less restrictions, make no mistake: We are still in a pandemic, and our medical practitioners have not stopped fighting,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang. “They are still battling COVID-19 and sacrificing so much to save lives. That is why we have also not stopped showing our appreciation for them.”
According to SMC’s data, a total of 10,402 frontliners including doctors, nurses, and laboratory technicians continue to enjoy the special privilege. This is possible through the toll-free RFID tags given to them that enable free passage through SMC’s tollways.
Now, this won’t be going away anytime soon, in case some of you might be wondering. In fact, Ang himself said that this privilege will continue indefinitely.
“This year has been quite difficult for our country, and for all of us Filipinos. Through it all, our front liners have worked tirelessly and selflessly to save lives and help contain this virus,” said Ang. “This Christmas season especially, let us be reminded that they are a gift and a blessing to all of us.”
Well, that should be good news for our frontliners this holiday season. If you know of any essential workers yourself, then spread the word.