Skyway 3 extends free toll to medical frontliners

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 20) — Medical frontliners will be allowed to use Skyway 3 for free until further announcement, San Miguel Corporation said. 

SMC president and chief operating officer Ramon Ang made the announcement Tuesday. In a statement released Wednesday, the company said medical frontliners have been using all SMC tollways for free since the start of the pandemic in March last year.

“This time of pandemic, we need to help our country, our fellow Filipinos, and each other, as much as we can,” Ang said. “We have been providing this courtesy to our medical practitioners non-stop, because it’s our way of honoring them and thanking them for their selfless efforts to save lives and to help us survive this crisis.”

The statement said the company has waived a total of ₱156 million in toll fees for doctors, nurses, laboratory technicians, and other medical workers fighting the pandemic.

Skyway 3 has recorded an average of 71,000 vehicles per day in the first two weeks since it was partially opened. Fully operational, Skyway 3 can easily accommodate 200,000 vehicles or half of daily EDSA traffic, Ang said.

All seven lanes of the Skyway Stage 3 project officially opened to the public on January 15.

“This project, the result of cooperation between government, private sector, and so many stakeholders, showcases the talents and know-how of our Filipino engineers and builders. It shows our ability to build our own world-class facilities, and our optimism for the future,” he added.