DURING HOLY WEEK
    Free mechanic, internet, phone calls, towing services at NLEX, SCTEX

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    CITY OF SAN FERNANDO – The number of vehicles plying the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) is expected to swell by 15 percent on Holy Wednesday and Maundy Thursday, but the Tollways Management Corp. (TMC) and the Central Luzon police have fully braced for contingencies.

    TMC spokesperson Benigno Valles said services of mechanics will be free for those who will experience any mechanical trouble not only at the NLEX, but also at the Subic-Clark- Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX).

    Also free of charge are internet access, telephone calls and even towing services, he said.

    This, even as Central Luzon police director Chief Superintendent Arturo Cacdac appealed for the cooperation and patience of the public as more mobile checkpoints will be established by the police in various parts of the region to ensure public order and safety.

    The regional police launched Oplan Bantay-Lakbay “to ensure peace and safety of the people” throughout Holy Week, even as TMC said Petron firm is launching “Oplan Alalay” at three points along the SCTEX.

    Cacdac said the public should expect “mandatory security checks in all vital installations like airport, seaport, bus terminals and other transportation facilities.” “This will include all economic key points to pre-empt any criminal syndicates and communist terrorists  to take advantage of the situation.”

    He directed all chiefs of provincial and city police headquarters in Central Luzon “to proactively conduct special operations against criminal elements and execute preventive security measures to address possible hostile acts and ensure safety of places of convergence.”

    Such operations, he said, would be “particularly visible at shopping malls and transport terminals.”

    He said cops will “intensify mobile security patrols, beat patrols and traffic control and can be approached for direction information to ensure the safe travel of motorists along the major thoroughfares.”

    Cacdac said that regular police-Commission on Elections (Comelec) checkpoints will be maintained.

    “The regional police will maximize deployment of intelligence operative personnel (IOPs) in coordination with the  Barangay Intelligence Networks (BINs) and the Barangay Peacekeeping Action Team (BPAT) to monitor the movements and to pre-empt the nefarious activities of the lawless elements,” he added.

    TMC’s Valles said vehicle volume along the NLEX is expected to increase by 15 percent on Wednesday and Thursday.

    He said Smart telecom “will provide free internet services, free calls and mobile services in selected stations while the Automobile Association of the Philippines (AAP) will provide free towing services for class 1 vehicles for the duration of the program from March 31 to April 4, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. ”

    “Honda Motors will provide free mechanics at Subic Freeport Expressway. Nissan Motors will be stationed at Kilometer 62 along the north-bound point of NLEX while Foton Motors will make available free mechanical services at  north-bound Kilometer 32 and south-bound Kilometer 36 Southbound directions of NLEX,” he said.

    Emergency medical services will be available from Aeromed Ambulance Transport, Inc., he added.

    Valles also said that  “going north, traffic build-up in toll gates maybe experienced during Holy Wednesday and Maundy Thursday, particularly in the afternoon, at Balintawak and Dau tollgates of NLEX. Likewise traffic buildup at the Mabalacat Interchange, entrance of SCTEX from NLEX is also expected on the same days.”

    Valles also said that “going back to Manila on Easter Sunday, April 4, traffic build up is also expected at Mabalacat Interchange of SCTEX, and the Bocaue and Dau toll gates of NLEX.”

    He said that TMC has already fully alerted its motorcycle patrols, lane management teams, anti-overspeeding teams, and fixed patrollers and traffic aides at barriers and toll plazas.

    “In the event that lines at the toll gates get longer, there will be standby ambulant tellers for Class 1 vehicles and additional lanes to be opened in Dau, Bocaue, Angeles, Mabalacat Interchange, La Paz Tarlac and Tipo. We encourage motorists to prepare exact payment for faster processing of their transactions, Valles added.

    Valles also urged motorists  to store TMC’s  emergency numbers in their mobile phones for emergencies. These numbers include “emergency hotline” (02) 580-8911 and NLEX hotline (02) 35000.  Hotline for SCTEX is (02) 326-2246.-


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