Traditionally, on or days before November 1, All Saints’ Day, a big number of motorists troop to the expressways to go to provinces south of Metro Manila to visit memorial parks and cemeteries to honor their dead.
Skyway O&M Corporation (SOMCO), Manila Toll Expressway System, Inc. (MATES) and Star Tollway Corporation (STC), the operators of Skyway System, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and Star Tollway, respectively, expect the volume of traffic to increase starting October 27 and peak by October 31, until November 3, 2014, on return trip to Metro Manila. Motorists are therefore encouraged to plan their travel beforehand to avoid the traffic rush and delays.
To ensure that traffic moves efficiently and that motorists are safe, the south toll-ways operators will implement Oplan UNDAS 2014 – Ligtas na Biyahe. SOMCO, MATES and STC will intensify its patrol operations and motorist assistance effort, cancel days-off of their field personnel, deploy ambulant tellers in busy toll plazas, and more closely coordinate with the PNP-HPG and local police in their respective areas of responsibilities to curb possible criminal activities. Tow trucks and ambulances will be available round-the-clock at strategic locations along the Skyway System, SLEX and Star Tollway to promptly respond to any emergency.
The South Tollway operators remind motorists to check their vehicles’ cooling system, brakes, tires, oil and fuel, to prevent breakdown on the road; and to observe all tollway traffic rules and regulations, especially the speed limit rule, for their own and others’ safety.
Motorists may call the hotlines of Skyway at (02) 776-7777 and 0917-5398762; and MaTES at 0917 687-7539 anytime to ask for assistance, report stalled vehicles and other road incidents. Meanwhile, STC may be reached through its emergency telephone numbers: 043-7567870, 0917-5117827 and 0908-5117827.