Frontliners in Philipines have “saved” over RM19 million in toll charges

In showing appreciation to the frontliners who have literally been at the front lines of the Covid-19 battle, San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has been waiving toll charges for these noble souls since March last year.

The company which oversees multiple tolls in South Luzon, La Union and Tarlac to name a few, recently announced that as of early June 2021, the “free toll programme” has waived a total of 230.7 million pesos (approximately RM19 million).

The initiative is said to have benefitted more than 10,000 front liners including doctors, nurses and laboratory technicians living in Metro Manila and its nearby municipals.

Meanwhile in Malaysia, the toll hike deferment is set to cost our government over RM2.25 billion this year. Read about it here!

“More than one year has passed and the frontliners have accomplished so much in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. With most of them now vaccinated, we are honored to have stayed with them and supported them all this time, through this free toll gesture” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang.

So far, SMC has been the only toll operator to continue implementing the free toll initiative for front liners. The company also recently announced that it has spent one billion pesos (approx. RM85 million) to vaccinate around 70,000 of its workforce nationwide for free.

Another one billion pesos was spent on test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE) and over a million litres of alcohol solution for hospitals around the country.

Source: Toll Regulatory Board


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