Major expressways toll-free at select hours on Christmas, New Year

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 23) — Companies are waiving toll fees on major expressways at select hours on Christmas and New Year — another proof that the coronavirus pandemic cannot dampen the holiday spirit,

The San Miguel Corporation and Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation on Tuesday announced a “toll holiday” to be implemented on the following:

- Southern Tagalog Arterial Road

- Southern Luzon Expressway

- Skyway

- NAIA Expressway

- Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway

- North Luzon Expressway

- Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway

- Cavite Expressway

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- Cavite-Laguna Expressway

These will be toll-free from 10 pm on December 24 to 6 am on December 25, and during the same time from December 31 to January 1.

“This is an annual tradition that we do for the benefit of motorists, especially those who have to see family in other parts of the city or have to go home to the provinces,” SMC President and Chief Operating Officer Ramon Ang said in a statement.

“This year will be no exception,” the tycoon said, although reminding the public of government's appeal to limit holiday gatherings to household members to prevent further spread of the coronavirus.

“For those who do have reason, or an urgent need to travel on the expressways on Christmas and New Year’s, we hope you appreciate and enjoy this toll holiday and pass on a small act of kindness to others,” Ang said.

Meanwhile, MPTC President and CEO Rodrigo Franco said the "simple treat" is part of the company's efforts to give back to its customers this holiday season. The MPTC said it is expecting a surge in motorists and has deployed more patrol cars, traffic marshals, security teams, RFID assistance personnel, and emergency response teams.