SMC TOLL-FREE SUPPORT FOR MEDICAL WORKERS HITS P230.7 MILLION
San Miguel Corporation (SMC) has waived a total of P230.7 million in toll fees for more than 10,000 medical workers in the STAR Tollway, South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), Skyway System, NAIA Expressway, and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway (TPLEX) as part of its COVID-19 support program.
“We started this program last year, to show our appreciation and support for our hero medical workers who risk their lives every day to save others, despite the threat of COVID-19 More than one year has passed and they have accomplished so much in the fight against the pandemic. With most of them now vaccinated, we are honored to have stayed with them and supported them all this time, through this gesture of free toll,” said SMC president Ramon S. Ang.
“To all our healthcare professionals, we applaud your dedication to serve. Through this program, I hope you feel our gratitude,” he added.
SMC is the only toll operator that continues to implement the “no toll fee” policy for medical front liners at all its tollways, even as the country’s vaccination program has begun.
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, SMC has been at the forefront of private sector response to support medical front liners and the country’s healthcare system.
Recently, the company shifted its focus from pandemic response to recovery. It is spending some P1 billion to vaccinate for free around 70,000 in its nationwide workforce.
On top of its free toll program, the company has also spent more than P1 billion for medical-related donations and initiatives, including donations of RT-PCR COVID-19 testing machines, automated RNA extraction machines, personal protective equipment (PPE), and over a million liters of 70% ethyl alcohol to various hospitals around the country.
The company also built temporary quarantine facilities and an RT-PCR testing laboratory—Better World EDSA—which has contributed to the government’s target testing capacity.
SMC also donates fuel for the government’s Libreng Sakay program for medical workers. It also provided life insurance to some 5,000 medical frontliners from 18 different hospitals in Cebu, with up to P2 million coverage each.
“We will not stop looking for opportunities to help our fellow Filipinos. I believe if the private and government sectors continue to come together and pool resources and efforts, we can do even more good for our country and people, save more lives, and recover more quickly from the pandemic,” Ang said.