COVID-19 Crisis: GCQ in NCR and 4 provinces stricter until July 31

You must have heard the news this past weekend. In case you missed the news, the general community quarantine (GCQ) status in the National Capital Region (NCR) plus four provinces has gotten stricter since July 23 and this new adjustment will last until the end of this month. At the same time, children are to keep staying indoors. The national authorities confirmed it.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Philippine News Agency (PNA) article. Some parts in boldface…

The quarantine status in Metro Manila and four other provinces has been upgraded to stricter general community quarantine (GCQ) “with heightened restrictions,” Malacañang announced on Friday.

This, after President Rodrigo Duterte approved the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases’ (IATF-EID) recommendation to place Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Davao de Oro, and Davao del Norte under a more restrictive GCQ from July 23 to 31.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, also acting as IATF-EID spokesperson, said Metro Manila must follow the health and quarantine protocols for areas under GCQ “with heightened restrictions.

“The same IATF rules would be observed when NCR was previously under GCQ with heightened restrictions,” Roque said in a press statement.

Metro Manila, which was placed under GCQ “with some restrictions” from July 1 to 15, was initially put under regular GCQ from July 16 to 31.

On the other hand, Davao de Oro and Davao del Norte were originally under a more restrictive modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ), while Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur were supposed to be under modified GCQ (MGCQ) until the end of July.

Duterte, meantime, agreed to downgrade the quarantine classification in Davao del Sur to GCQ from MECQ, Roque said.

“Davao del Sur, which is previously MECQ, is placed under GCQ starting July 23, 2021 until July 31, 2021,” he said.

No outdoor activities for kids

Now that Metro Manila, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Davao de Oro, and Davao del Norte are under GCQ “with heightened restrictions,” children aged five and above can no longer stay outdoors, Roque said.

“As these areas will be placed under GCQ with heightened restrictions, children five years old and above will not be allowed to go to outdoor areas, as provided for under IATF Resolution No. 125,” he said.

Under IATF-EID Resolution 125 issued on July 8, children as young as five years old can go outdoors despite the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic, so long as they are residing in areas placed under GCQ and MGCQ.

Children can only go to outdoor spaces like parks, playgrounds, beaches, biking, and hiking trails, outdoor tourist sites, and attractions as may be defined by the Department of Tourism, including on outdoor non-contact sports courts and venues, and al-fresco dining establishments, according to the resolution.

Apart from the stricter GCQ, there is also an adjustment on the Metro Manila curfew hours which has taken effect already. The new curfew hours are now 10PM to 4AM.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think about this news? Do you believe that the spreading Delta variant here in the Philippines is a factor behind the move to a stricter GCQ?

If you are a parent, what do you think about the national authorities’ decision to keep children indoors?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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PRC to open a new Service Center in Muntinlupa City

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) is set to open a new service center in Ayala Malls South Park, Alabang, Muntinlupa catering to professionals in Metro South.

Mayor Jaime Fresnedi signed a Memorandum of Agreement with PRC-NCR regional director Dir. Lord Louis Valera, Ayala Land Holdings Logistics Corp. (AHLC) President Rowena M. Tomeldan, and AHLC Commercial Leading Head Jessica O. Santos for the turn-over of the service center last July 22.

PRC services will soon be more accessible for professionals living in Metro South as a new Service Center is set to open in Muntinlupa City. Mayor Jaime Fresnedi (left) met PRC-NCR regional director Dir. Lord Louis Valera (right) during the turn-over ceremony of the new PRC Service Center at Ayala Malls South Park, Alabang last July 22. PRC Service Center in Muntinlupa is set to be fully operational in the coming weeks. (source – Muntinlupa PIO)

PRC-NCR director Valera thanked Mayor Fresnedi and the City Government for assisting the commission in bringing its services closer to professionals living in Metro South and nearby areas.

PRC eyes to provide the same services offered by the Head Office in the new service center in Muntinlupa such as Application for Examination, Initial Registration, Renewal of Professional Identification Card, and Certifications of Board Rating and Passing, among others.

PRC Service Center in Muntinlupa is set to be fully operational in the coming weeks.

Other officials who attended the turn-over ceremony include PRC Finance and Administrative Service chief Ronald Watsons, PRC Licensure and Registration Division chief Alfonso Viloria, and PRC ICT Section head Ronald Allan Denoso, Ayala Malls Southpark general manager Jan Estrella, and Mayor’s Office Chief-of-Staff Atty. Rosalina T. Tesorio.

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The above information was sourced from the official press release of the Muntinlupa PIO. Some parts were changed for this website.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Muntinlupa receives Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine for exclusive use on certain patients

Have you heard about the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine? The latest news is that the said vaccine produced by giant Johnson & Johnson is here in the Philippines and the City Government of Muntinlupa just received a supply from the national government. Also noteworthy is that Janssen is a single-dose vaccine and one particular group of patients will receive it here in Muntinlupa.

To put things in perspective, posted below is the excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

The Muntinlupa City government has received Johnson & Johnson’s single dose Janssen COVID-19 vaccines from the national government and it will be used exclusively for senior citizens or those belonging to the A2 priority group.


The Philippines received 3.2 million doses of Janssen vaccine last week, which were donated by the US government through the COVAX Facility, an alliance aiming to ensure access of developing countries to COVID-19 vaccines. The Philippines is one of the 92 low- and middle-income countries and economies approved to access the vaccines through COVAX.

 Senior citizens who have registered with MunCoVac but have not yet been vaccinated are priority in the sending of schedules. Based on the NVOC [National Vaccine Operations Center] Advisory, those eligible for the Janssen vaccine are A2 and A3 [persons with comorbidities]. We have decided to give priority to our senior citizens since the supply is limited and they are the sector most prone to COVID-19,” said the Muntinlupa City COVID-19 Vaccination Program (MunCoVac) team.


The country’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for Janssen on April 19, which indicated that the vaccine is intended for 18 years old and above.

Janssen COVID-19 Vaccine is supplied as a suspension in multi-dose (5 doses) vials. The dosing regimen is a single dose of 0.5 mL administered as intramuscular injection,” according to the EUA.

As of July 20, the Muntinlupa City government has administered 257,633 vaccine doses. Of the total, 167,168 individuals have received their first vaccine dose, representing 43.33 percent of the target population of 385,725.


In addition, 90,465 individuals in Muntinlupa are now fully vaccinated after getting their second dose, or 23.5 percent of the target population.


Of the first dose recipients, 20,239 are senior citizens (A2) equivalent to 54.7 percent of the estimated target elderly population of 37,016 in Muntinlupa.


Other recipients of the first dose are 11,177 A1 (health workers), 66,849 A3 (persons with comorbidities), 58,382 A4 (essential workers), and 10,521 A5 (poor population).


By vaccine brand, of the 167,168 first dose recipients104,216 individuals received Sinovac Life Sciences’ CoronaVac32,406 got AstraZeneca3,879 were given Sputnik V4,196 had Pfizer-BioNTech and 260 were administered with Moderna.


Of the 90,465 individuals in Muntinlupa who are now fully vaccinated, 7,280 are A1, 14,683 are A2, 46,299 are A3, and 18,145 are A4. By vaccine brand, 63,495 got CoronaVac, 2,454 received AstraZeneca, 2,934 were given Sputnik V, and 21,582 received Pfizer-BioNTech.

In relation to the presence of the Delta variant here in the Philippines, which reportedly is more transmissible, getting vaccinated is more crucial than ever. According to the national authorities, getting fully vaccinated (2 doses) is essential for resistance against the Delta variant. As such, residents of Muntinlupa City who remain unregistered and unvaccinated should make a move to get registered by learning the ways to do it. Those who are prepared and willing to go through online registration for the free vaccines in Muntinlupa are encouraged to click https://vaccine.muntinlupacity.gov.ph/muncovac/

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: Does this latest news about Johnson & Johnson-produced vaccines sound good to you? Do you wish that more single-dose vaccines will become more available locally? Does the presence of the Delta variant in Metro Manila compel you to get registered and join the line for the free vaccine? How many people in your local community remain unregistered and unvaccinated as of now?

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COVID-19 Crisis: Las Piñas City prepares for Delta variant

It is official. The Delta variant (B.1.617.2) is really here in the Philippines and this could lead to more new infections of COVID-19. What is the Delta variant? It is described by WebMD.com as follows:

The Delta variant, also known as B.1.617.2, can spread more easily, according to the CDC. The strain has mutations on the spike protein that make it easier for it to infect human cells. That means people may be more contagious if they contract the virus and more easily spread it to others. It is now the dominant strain in the U.S.

In fact, researchers have said that the Delta variant is about 50% more contagious than the Alpha variant, which was first identified in the U.K., according to The Washington Post. Alpha, also known as B.1.1.7, was already 50% more contagious than the original coronavirus first identified in China in 2019.

Public health experts estimate that the average person who gets infected with Delta spreads it to three or four other people, as compared with one or two other people through the original coronavirus strain, according to Yale Medicine. The Delta variant may also be able to escape protection from vaccines and some COVID-19 treatments, though studies are still ongoing

In relation to the presence of the Delta variant here in the Philippines, the  City Government of Las Piñas made moves in preparation for it as reported recently by the Manila Bulletin. To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the report. Some parts in boldface…

Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar has ordered the strict implementation of prevent-detect-isolate-treat and reintegrate (PDITR) to ensure that the new Delta variant will not spread in the city.

According to Paul San Miguel, Public Information chief, Aguilar ordered that residents who show symptoms of COVID-19 must be isolated in one facilities while asymptomatic patients should be placed in other isolation facilities.

San Miguel said the Aguilar’s order came after the Department of Health (DOH) confirmed that the more transmissible Delta variant has entered the country.

He said the mayor wants to prevent the spread of the virus in the city and continues to appeal to residents to observe the basic health protocols like the wearing of face mask and face shield and observing physical distancing.

With the details above, there is a need to be extra careful when moving around in public. The people who remain unvaccinated will need to get vaccinated as soon as possible (note: register first) for their health and protection for COVID-19 and the Delta variant.

Any Las Piñas resident who has yet to get registered for free COVID-19 vaccines can learn the ways (4 methods) by clicking here. Anyone who is ready and willing to register online can click bit.ly/LasPiñasVaccination

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Las Piñas City resident, do you believe that the City Government and all of its personnel have what it takes to prevent the spread of the Delta variant in the city? If you have not yet been vaccinated, does the news about the Delta variant compel you to get vaccinated ASAP? How concerning to you is the Delta variant right now?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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Motorist apologizes over Muntinlupa incident

Very recently, an incident that took place in Muntinlupa caught the attention of many as a video about it went viral. Since after, the motorist who went against the cops got charged and was ordered by the Muntinlupa prosecutor to be released in relation for further investigation. Now the latest update about the incident as reported by the Manila Bulletin is that the motorist apologized officially.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

Franz Luke Orbos, the motorist who cursed at Muntinlupa policemen and traffic enforcers over a traffic violation and bragged about his father, has issued an apology over the incident.

Orbos, listed as the son of former executive secretary, and former Pangasinan governor and representative Oscar Orbos, was in the limelight recently when a video of him hurling invectives and displaying rude behavior against law enforcers was posted on social media.

His altercation with the Muntinlupa police and traffic enforcers happened last July 14 along Susana Heights road in Brgy. Tunasan, a busy thoroughfare near the Susana Heights toll gate.

In the video, Orbos, a resident of San Juan, is seen confronting police officers and traffic enforcers and saying, “Bakit mo ako titiketan? Ano ginawa ko? (Why are you going to give me a ticket? What did I do?)”

He continued his outburst and said, “Bakit niyo ako poposasan? Hindi nyo ba ako kilala? Hindi niyo ako kilala? P**** hindi niyo ako kilala? Kung sino ang tatay ko? P**** kayo e. Ginagago niyo ako. Tingin niyo takot ako sa inyo? (Why are you going to handcuff me? Don’t you know me? Do you know who my father is? You are making a fool of me. Do you think I’m afraid of you?”

He was arrested and the Muntinlupa police and Traffic Management Bureau (MTMB) filed a complaint of alarms and scandals, resistance to a person in authority and direct assaults against him with the Muntinlupa prosecutor’s office.

In an apology issued Sunday, Orbos admitted his mistakes and said it was different from the “Christian values” that his parents taught him.

“Recently, an incident has gone viral on social media involving myself. What you saw on the video is indeed regretful and contrary to how I was raised with Christian values by my loving parents, who taught me to be respectful to the proper authorities,” he said, TV Patrol reported.

Orbos added, “My family and loved ones have been hurt and disturbed for what has happened. I am deeply remorseful and I sincerely apologize to all who were offended by my conduct.”

“Like any human being, I have committed a mistake and I am prepared to suffer the consequences of such. This incident has truly been a learning and humbling experience for me. It has moved me to rise above and beyond these unfortunate circumstances and be a better person for my family, God, and country,” he said.

Listed as complainants in the case filed with the Muntinlupa prosecutor’s office are Police Corporals Marlon Sandoval and Rolando Liban, and traffic enforcers Felicisimo Co Jr. and Ramon Reamico of the MTMB.

In a resolution, the Muntinlupa prosecutor’s office ordered the release of Orbos as “there is a necessity to conduct further investigation as there are matters that need to be clarified. Hence, it is hereby recommended that a Preliminary Investigation be conducted on the instant case.”

The preliminary investigation is scheduled at 11:30 a.m. on July 30 at the Muntinlupa prosecutor’s office.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think about the apology issued by the motorist?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Las Piñas City cited by DOH for very impressive vaccination utilization rate

Thanks to the very high vaccination utilization rate achieved in the fight against COVID-19, the city of Las Piñas was cited by the Department of Health (DOH) and Mayor Imelda Aguilar gave her reactions as reported by the Manila Bulletin.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

The Department of Health (DOH) said Pasay and Las Piñas cities are posting high COVID-19 vaccine utilization rates.

As of July 15, the DOH recorded Pasay with 98.20 percent in vaccine utilization rate followed by Las Piñas City with 95.74 percent.

Las Piñas City Mayor Imelda Aguilar, who was happy to note that Las Piñas ranked as number 2 in the vaccine utilization rate, called on residents to avail the free vaccination being offered by the government to be safe from being infected with the virus.

Aguilar is ensuring all residents that despite the delay of arrival and lack of supply of vaccines, the city government continues to conduct vaccination.

She said the commitment of every city resident to be vaccinated against the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) will help the city government to immediately achieve herd immunity.

The mayor said the city government has vaccinated a total of 313,045 residents as of July 16 of which 212,510 received their first dose belonging to A1 to A5 categories. In addition, 100,535 have already been fully vaccinated against the virus.

It should be noted that the efforts of the City Government of Las Piñas on having its people vaccinated made quite an impact. Among them are over 100,000 people who have been fully vaccinated and that means their resistance against COVID-19 and its variants is pretty strong.

Any Las Piñas resident who has yet to get registered for free COVID-19 vaccines can learn the ways (4 methods) by clicking here. Anyone who is ready and willing to register online can click bit.ly/LasPiñasVaccination

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Las Piñas City resident, are you happy with the collective efforts of the City Government and its partners on vaccinating the local constituents? Are there still people in your local communities who are deliberately avoiding vaccination? Have you been fully vaccinated?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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Twelve foreign nationals apprehended in Parañaque City over credit card fraud

The wave of crime involving Chinese nationals in Parañaque City continued (to understand the trend click herehereherehere and here) as the Manila Bulletin reported that twelve Chinese were apprehended in the said city recently over credit card fraud.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Manila Bulletin report. Some parts in boldface…

Twelve Chinese nationals allegedly involved in credit card fraud were arrested by police in Barangay Moonwalk, Paranaque City on Friday afternoon.

Southern Police District (SPD) director Brig. Gen. Jimili Macaraeg identified the arrested suspects as Ma Juan,24; Chen Bung Hui,34; Zheng Shi Feng,27; Li Zhu Xing,26; Wa Zhen,30; Tong Chao Yun,29; Ji Qing Laz,22;Li Ling Yu Q,32; Yang Shu Qi,23; Yu Zin,32; Wang Shen,20 and Li Wei,2, all staying in Paranaque City.

Macaraeg said the suspects were apprehended at about 5:45 p.m. at 50 Matthews St., Multinational Village, Barangay Moonwalk.

Armed with a search issued by Judge Noemi Balitaan of Paranaque Regional Trial Court Branch 258, the cops raided the suspects’ place after receiving reports about the foreigners’ involvement in the credit card racket.

The SPD chief said the police operatives caught the suspects operating an online gambling.

Police recovered from the suspects laptop computers, cellular phones, dongles, point of sale machine, and blank card.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: What do you think makes Parañaque City a hot spot in South Metro Manila for crimes involving nationals from China? Did a Chinese national cheat you over your money when you did business with him or her locally? Do you believe that there are still a lot of Chinese nationals living in Parañaque doing illegal activities like credit card fraud, email scam and forms of crime?

When you hear the words Parañaque Renaissance, is crime often the first thing to enter in your mind?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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COVID-19 Crisis: Over 300,000 vaccinated as Las Piñas City achieves 95.74% vaccination utilization rate

Recently the City Government of Las Piñas announced two notable achievements in the fight against COVID-19 – over 300,000 people in the city got vaccinated while the city is the 2nd highest among local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila with regards to vaccination utilization rates recorded.

Based on statistics counted as of July 15, 2021, a grand total of 313,045 people in the city got vaccinated. Breakdowns show that 212,510 patients were vaccinated on their first dose and the biggest group of patients who received the first dose was A4 category at 85,841. Patients who successfully got fully vaccinated with two doses totaled 100,535 and the biggest group of patients fully vaccinated was the A3 category with 44,614. Check out the official stats below…

With regards to the Metro Manila LGUs vaccination utilization rate statistics counted by the Department of Health (DOH) vaccination operations center accurate as of July 15, 2021, Las Piñas City ranked 2nd place overall with a utilization rate of 95.74% The top LGU overall was Pasay City with 98.20% When it comes to South Metro Manila LGUs, the City of Muntinlupa was at 5th place with 89.44% while the City of Parañaque finished 8th overall with 85.82%. For more numbers, check out the statistics below.

Any Las Piñas resident who has yet to get registered for free COVID-19 vaccines can learn the ways (4 methods) by clicking here. Anyone who is ready and willing to register online can click bit.ly/LasPiñasVaccination

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Las Piñas City resident, are you happy about what the City Government and its partners have achieved when it comes to vaccination for COVID-19? Are there still people in your local communities who are deliberately avoiding vaccination? Do you think that the incentive program with raffle draws initiated by Las Piñas City Representative Camille Villar was a factor in relation to the total number of vaccinated patients exceeding the 300,000 mark?

What do you think about the fact that over 100,000 people in Las Piñas City were successfully fully vaccinated?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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COVID-19 Crisis: GCQ with some restrictions in Metro Manila in effect

Effective today, Metro Manila is officially under general community quarantine (GCQ) status and the additional restrictions that were previously in place have been lifted. This in turn makes it a more relaxed GCQ in the metropolis in relation to what was previously declared.

To put things in perspective, posted below is an excerpt from the Philippine News Agency (PNA) article. Some parts in boldface…

The additional restrictions in Metro Manila amid the general community quarantine (GCQ) status have been lifted, Malacañang announced on Thursday.

This developed after the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-EID), in a meeting held Wednesday, decided to recommend to President Rodrigo Duterte the further easing of restrictions in Metro Manila.

Metro Manila will be placed under the more relaxed GCQ starting July 16, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, who also serves as IATF-EID spokesperson, said in a video message.

Metro Manila was initially placed under GCQ “with some restrictions” from July 1 to 15.

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: If you are a Metro Manila resident or if you own a business within Metro Manila, do you feel more confident about the so-called more relaxed GCQ status? Do you think that the current number of vaccinated Metro Manila residents was a factor with the lasted decision?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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Skyway Stage 3 adjustments related to toll collection snags

Were you among the many motorists who got stuck in traffic along the Skyway as a result of snags related to toll collection payments (formally started on July 12, 2021), lack of load for payments and lack of radio frequency identification (RFID) stickers on the vehicles?

Well, you definitely are not alone and the Skyway system operator issued a press statement very recently and they will work harder to make things more convenient for those traveling along Skyway Stage 3. To put things in perspective, posted below is the statement published through the Philippine News Agency (PNA). Some parts in boldface…

Skyway O&M, operator of the Skyway system and a unit under San Miguel Corporation’s (SMC) SMC Infrastructure, expects more seamless movement along the new Skyway Stage 3 with the implementation of new measures to avoid congestion on access and exit points following the first day of toll collection on the elevated expressway.

These measures resulted in faster throughput of vehicles even at high-volume toll plazas just a day later.

“It’s unfortunate that many motorists were caught in traffic last Monday. We apologize for the inconvenience. While this was not totally unexpected on the first day of toll collection, for our part, we know we have to do better. Hopefully, with the measures we put in place, traffic conditions will continue to improve and normalize,” SMC president Ramon S. Ang said in a statement Wednesday.

Ang said that traffic throughput at toll plazas slowed down Monday primarily due to vehicles with insufficient load, as well as those availing of free radio frequency identification (RFID) sticker installation and re-loading onsite.

“Our Skyway teams are always on the ground, and we monitor our expressways via cameras 24/7. If there’s any issue, we can respond and make corrective measures very quickly,” he added.

Among the measures Skyway has since implemented are: deployment of more personnel for traffic management, toll collection, and Autosweep RFID sticker installation; opening of more lanes for Autosweep RFID installation and reloading; and installation of more signs to guide motorists who are unfamiliar with the expressway, its toll plazas, and the start of toll collection.

Motorists with no RFID stickers, who insist on paying in cash, or have insufficient balance are asked to exit the toll booth and park on the side so as not to inconvenience existing ETC users. They are given the option to have RFID tags installed or reloaded, or pay in cash.

Vehicles with no RFID or have insufficient balance are directed to Del Monte Toll Plaza B coming from Balintawak where they can have their RFID tags installed or reloaded.

Skyway O&M reported that traffic throughput at toll plazas was significantly better starting Tuesday, or the second day of toll collection.

For instance, traffic queues at the Buendia southbound exit, which only has two lanes and where there was significant buildup Monday, was considerably shorter at only up to 200 meters. This was observed only during rush hour starting at 8 am.

While the vast majority of motorists utilized electronic toll collection, a small percentage, or 4 percent, consisting of cash-paying motorists and users with insufficient load, slowed down transaction times at toll plazas.

The additional measures implemented have since addressed these issues, bringing about a smoother traffic flow.

Skyway 3 was soft-opened last December and has provided the public free unlimited use for nearly seven months, with SMC’s foregone revenues reaching PHP3 billion.

The Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) had just recently issued a notice to start collecting toll to Skyway 3.

“Before, if you were stuck on NLEX or Quezon City and you were headed to Alabang or Makati, or vice-versa, motorists simply had no choice but to endure two to three hours of traffic. Today, with Skyway Stage 3, motorists can opt to use it for convenience and faster travel times. With more vehicles diverted to Skyway 3, there will be less congestion on Edsa, C-5, and other major thoroughfares, resulting in improved travel on our public roads,” Ang said.

SMC and TRB worked together to arrive at toll rates that are much lower than the original toll fee matrix, particularly for vehicles traveling shorter distances.

Apart from foregoing revenues for seven months, SMC had also deferred recovery of a significant portion of the right-of-way costs for the project in consideration of the economic impacts of the pandemic.

With Skyway Stage 3 now operating 24/7, SMC said that Autosweep sites along the elevated expressway are also open 24/7.

“I would like to request our motorists who have not yet availed of their free RFID stickers to please do so, and make sure they are activated with sufficient credit. This measure, which was pushed by (the) government last year, is for everybody’s safety and also for your convenience,” Ang said.

He said using RFID will ensure they have better, safer, and faster trips on the expressways.

“Also, as a reminder, please be conscious of which toll lanes you are using. Do not use ETC- only lanes if you have insufficient balance, as there are penalties that come with this. If you have insufficient balance, please use the assigned lanes for RFID installation or reloading. Most of all, please always show courtesy towards fellow motorists and tollways workers,” he added.

Site locations that offer RFID installation and reloading are from the south, Zobel northbound (After Entry), Quirino northbound exit, Nagtahan northbound exit, Quezon Ave. northbound entry, and Del Monte northbound toll plaza; and from the north, Del Monte southbound toll plaza, Quezon Ave. southbound entry and Plaza Dilao southbound entry.

And here are related news videos from rival networks GMA and ABS-CBN…

Let me end this piece by asking you readers: Are you satisfied with what the Skyway operator stated and the adjustments they made? When it comes to traveling from south of Metro Manila to the north, are you willing to endure the heavy traffic along EDSA just to save money now that toll collections are in effect on Skyway Stage 3? What was it like to drive from South Metro Manila all the way to the NLEX via Skyway Stage 3 during toll collection?

You may answer in the comments below. If you prefer to answer privately, you may do so by sending me a direct message online.

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