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SMC eyes 20% discount for seniors, PWDs on use of expressways

MANILA – Senior citizens and persons with disabilities (PWDs) will soon receive a 20-percent discount on the use of expressways and skyways in Metro Manila, southern Luzon, and northern Luzon, an official of the San Miguel Corp. (SMC) said on Tuesday.

SMC's infrastructure group head Rafael Yabut, who previously served as public works undersecretary, made the commitment during the House investigation into the implementation gaps regarding the laws on discounts and benefits for the elderly, PWDs, and solo parents.

Yabut said they would coordinate with the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and other concerned agencies on how to grant discounts on its tollways.

SMC operates the Metro Manila and Ninoy Aquino International Airport skyway system, South Luzon Expressway, Southern Tagalog Arterial Road, and Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway.

The mechanics of the senior discount in SMC tollways are as follows¹²:

- The vehicle on which the RFID sticker is attached should be registered under the name of the senior citizen or PWD.

- Instead of deducting 20% from the cost of an expressway or skyway RFID card or its top-up load, an equivalent amount would be added to the card price or additional load. For example, if you buy PHP5,000, you get PHP6,000, or PHP1,000 more, which is equivalent to 20 percent.

- The discount will be applied automatically when you use the RFID sticker on the tollways.

If you are already a senior as indicated in RFID records, you do not need to apply for the discount again. You just need to make sure that your RFID load is sufficient and updated. I hope this clarifies your query. 😊

Source: Conversation with Bing, 1/25/2024

(1) SMC supports toll discount for seniors, PWDs - CNN Philippines.

(2) SMC eyes 20% discount for seniors, PWDs on use of expressways.

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