MANILA - Malacañang on Saturday called for the public's cooperation in government's preparations for the upcoming Holy Week exodus.
In a statement, Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque said there is "no specific threat but we will not put our guard down."
"Public support can be manifested through everyone’s cooperation in the conduct of safety checks, security checkpoints, compliance with traffic regulations and maintaining complete situational awareness of their surroundings at all times," the statement read.
"Everyone is called upon to immediately report suspicious characters and unattended materials such as packages, bags and other objects that are out of place."
Expressway operator SMC Tollways also announced that it would set up temporary toll collection booths and motorist assistance stations in light of the expected surge in traffic volume.
Motorist assistance stations will be set up at the following areas:
- Petron at KM 134 Northbound and Southbound
- TPLEX Toll Operations Compound Northbound
- C5 and Merville Southbound
- Sucat Lay-by Northbound
- Biñan Lay-by Southbound and SLEX Operations Control Center Northbound
- Petron Malvar Southbound
- Malainin Lay-by KM 92 Southbound
- Petron Lipa Northbound
- Lapu-Lapu Lay-by KM 90 Northbound
Heavy traffic volume is meanwhile expected in the following areas:
March 28, 29 and 31: Tarlac Central Toll Plaza, Urdaneta Toll Plaza, Urdaneta-MacArthur T-intersection, Binalonan Toll Plaza, and Pozorrubio Toll Plaza
April 1 and 2: Tarlac Central Toll Plaza, Urdaneta Toll Plaza, Urdaneta-MacArthur T-intersection, Binalonan Toll Plaza, and Pozorrubio Toll Plaza.
March 28, 29 and 31: C5-Alabang At-Grade
April 1 and 2: Alabang Viaduct to Skyway Toll Plaza B and Runway Toll Plaza
March 28 and 29: NAIAX Main Toll Plaza B
April 1 and 2: NAIAX Main Toll Plaza A
March 28, 29 and 31: Calamba Toll Plaza, Carmona, Mamplasan Sta. Rosa, Eton-ABI Exits and Ayala Toll Plaza
April 1 and 2: Calamba Toll Plaza, Exits in Carmona, Filinvest, Alabang Viaduct and Ayala Toll Plaza
STAR Tollway Southbound
March 28, 29 and 31: Sto. Tomas Toll Plaza, Lipa Toll Plaza, Ibaan, Balagtas Toll Plaza Exit, and the Batangas Roundabout
STAR Tollway Northbound
April 1 and 2: Toll Plazas in Sto. Tomas, Balagtas, and Lipa
Android users may download traffic navigator Southern Tollways for more information. Other motorists are also advised to check the official Twitter accounts of Skyway (@SkywaySOMCO) and SLEX (@OfficialSLEX).
Motorists may reach these numbers for 24/7 emergency assistance: (02) 318-TOLL (8655).