Tulabut: Worth Paying For – SUNSTAR

Advantage and safety for the duration of journey issue a whole lot.

The new toll fees at the SCTEX, as authorized by the Toll Regulatory Board, may have a pinch impact on some motorists. Just like any other rate boost (who likes any of them, anyway?). But the new expenses that will be gathered will redound to greater added benefits (read: ease).

The NLEX Company, the non-public husband or wife of the governing administration that runs the 93-kilometer tollroad is investing more to make journey actually relaxed and worry free of charge.

For one, it is embarking on a P162- million advancement on its toll devices in all of its entry and exit points. Simply put, it signifies preventing any further misreads, delays, stalls when motorists go via all those horizontal bars after payments are manufactured – electronically and manually.

The improvements are set to be done this 12 months (not subsequent yr, individuals).

Absent are the “El Shaddai” times at toll lanes when a motorist has to convey out the transponder device and wave it up superior to a sensor in buy to sign up a payment, mimicking the white hankies of followers becoming raised during spiritual gatherings (no offense intended there).


The enhancements are all component of the P2.6 billion worth of infrastructure advancement geared towards the safety and ease of motorists. They are currently being executed at the SCTEX considering that the MVP business took over the management, procedure, and servicing of the west-north expressway.

And we are not nonetheless talking about the NLEX per se (north-south in between Sta. Ines to Balintawak) where by the update, mend and upkeep and capital expenditure are double at P6.9 billion with its huge enhancements.

Both of those the NLEX Company and its mom corporation Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation have under no circumstances ceased to be on the drawing boards, thinking not just of advancements but motorists’ basic safety and convenience.

We have seen the retrofitting of Candaba Viaduct and other bridges, installation of a lot more lights, extra toll lanes, new entry and exit details (this sort of as the Diamonds in Mabiga and Sta. Ines). I believe that the total does not consist of what it expended for the connector roads to major thoroughfares in Metro Manila.

The stop-outcome of all these? A considerably safer and faster journey times. And a lot quicker travel implies speedier movement of items and products and services which in the end contributes to much better economic climate not just for locales in which the NLEX and SCTEX traverse but to the whole of Philippines.

Consider a bow there sirs Rod Franco and Luigi Bautista of MPTC and NLEX Corp, respectively.


Just like any other enterprises, these firms have experienced their share of woes at the top of the COVID pandemic.

The lockdown intervals in 2020 and henceforth kept motorists at bay. Pointless to say the actuality that no journey usually means no revenues for tollroad operators. There was even a time when NLEX Corp waived toll expenses for frontline workers and those people in the important industries. In shorter, there were being unrealized and unmet goal earnings and most likely some losses.

But that has not kept these organizations from pursuing enhancement projects. So, what tiny additional toll raises (where by optimum I believe is ₱49.00 for Class 1 motor vehicle travelling Mabalacat Town to Tipo Street in Bataan) is extra than just justified. It is lengthy overdue and it also accrues to the riding general public with all the conveniences and safety steps they would have to love when travelling NLEX and SCTEX.


This year, all toll lanes in SCTEX will be furnished with new toll technique tools the moment the replacement of 46 units of old gear for 33 toll lanes is concluded.

To facilitate faster and additional exact transactions, 10 loop detectors and 8 TCGs in Clark South A, Tipo, and SFEX, and eight AVC products in Clark North A (Dolores), San Miguel, Dinalupihan, Floridablanca, and Tipo will be upgraded.

10 toll fare indicators in SFEX, Tipo, Clark South A and Tarlac will also be changed for improved viewing of tollway charges, whilst 10 lane position indicators in Clark South B, Tarlac, and SFEX will be adjusted for increased visibility in particular for all those driving at night.

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