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Gov’t agencies and private entities offer assistance to Undas travelers

Here are the motorist and commuter assistance programs for the long weekend

Ready to hit the road for Undas? Make sure to plan your trips well. PHOTO FROM MANSKEE NASCIMENTO

It’s that time of the year again, and most of us will be driving back to our home provinces to pay our respects to our departed loved ones. This will also be the best time to break away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

But before we start enjoying our vacations, we first have to deal with the quirks that come with the occasion. Our roads will be packed. The queues of vehicles at tollgates will surely be kilometric. And our travel times will be longer. Good thing various companies and government agencies will be there to assist holiday travelers.

Here is a list of the companies and their respective motorist-assistance campaigns for Undas 2022.

Here is a list of Undas Desk Asssistance Stations for various SMC Tollways. GRAPHIC FROM @OFFICIALSLEX

SMC Tollways, the operator of the South Luzon Expressway, the STAR Tollways, the Skyway, and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, says that motorists can call its hotline at (02) 5318-8655. Or they can visit any of its Undas Desk Assistance Stations in various locations.

The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation pulls out all the stops to make sure that travelers will be safe during the holidays. PHOTO FROM NLEX CORPORATION

For Metro Pacific Tollways, it will hold its perennial “Safe Trip Mo, Sagot Ko” campaign. The toll road operator will intensify its operations. MPTC will deploy 1,000 patrol crews, traffic marshals, security officers, incident response teams, and toll lane personnel to ensure a seamless flow of vehicles and smooth toll operations.

Additionally, it will offer free towing services for Class 1 vehicles to the nearest exit for all of its tollways (North Luzon Expressway, Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway, Cavite-Laguna Expressway, and CAVITEX).

Various government agencies will be working together to provide assistance to the public. PHOTOS FROM CAMARINES NORTE PIO, MMDA, AND LTFRB

For the government, the Department of Public Works and Highways will reactivate its “Lakbay Alalay” motorist-assistance program. This program will be in effect until noon of November 2.

During this period, uniformed and crew personnel will be on standby, equipped with maintenance equipment. The DPWH workforce will be available around the clock to provide emergency assistance, clear the roads of obstructions, and fix potholes.

The Department of Transportation, the Land Transportation Office, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board, the Philippine National Police, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority, and various local government units will also deploy hundreds of their personnel. They will ensure smooth traffic flow and provide necessary assistance to the public as the need arises.

But before you enjoy your long weekend, make sure that you and your vehicles are in tip-top shape. And plan your trips accordingly.

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.