Text: Eric Tipan / Photos: The Citra Group | posted April 08, 2014 14:35
Be prepared and plan your departure time and routes to lessen the chances of getting caught in traffic.
The South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway System and Star Tollway Corporation, operating under the Department of Transportation and Communications’ (DOTC) Oplan Ligtas Biyahe sa Semana Santa 2014, have put together a comprehensive program to make sure the main artery to the southern part of the Philippines is ready for Holy Week 2014.
Additional toll road traffic, safety and security personnel will be deployed to ensure the quickest response possible to any and all types of emergencies. Highly-trained toll operators and ambulant tellers equipped with the necessary skills to handle the heavy influx of vehicles will be assigned during this week to efficiently manage traffic in the toll plazas. The familiar annual “Lakbay Alalay” program will also be offering their services and assistance to motorists.
Expect counterflow traffic to be implemented starting on the morning of Maundy Thursday at the Calamba Toll Plaza.
Vehicles that encounter problems on the road can avail of towing services courtesy of the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) and for medical emergencies Lifeline Rescue teams will be on standby at strategic locations along the Skyway and SLEX. Star Tollway, on the other hand, has accredited private towing operators and provincial medical teams on-hand.
Motorists are advised to call the hotlines of Skyway at 776-7777; MaTES at 0917-687(OUR)-7539(SLEX), and Star at 0927-511(STAR)7827 for more information.
Highway management is also advising motorists, based on Holy Week last year, to expect traffic southbound to start building-up late afternoon of Holy Wednesday (April 16) until early afternoon of Maundy Thursday (April 17), and again early morning up to 12 noon on Black Saturday (April 19). Coming back to Metro Manila, expect high volume of vehicles starting Easter Sunday (April 20) up to early morning the next day.