The Department of Transportation (DOTr), along with its attached agency, the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB), recognizes the commitment and support of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) on the implementation of cashless or contactless transactions for all vehicles traveling along expressways, as declared in the recently-released Department Order (DO) 2020-012.
“I am glad to note that a few days after the announcement, our toll operators, especially the MPTC, has risen to the challenge. It immediately expressed full support for the initiative. Thus, we have this event. Ito po ay lubos naming kinagagalak. Maraming Salamat po sa inyong kooperasyon,” DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark Steven Pastor expressed, during the ‘Road to RFID 100%’ Virtual Media Conference held today, 11 September 2020.
In the virtual meet, as reported by MPTC South Management Corporation President and General Manager Roberto Bontia, the total toll lanes of the corporation are now 75% RFID-compliant. With this percentage, he said that the existing traffic volume can already be accommodated.
Also, as Mr. Bontia gave an overview of the MPTC’s roadmap into full electronic tolling, he emphasized the vital role of the DOTr as the catalyst for transport digital transformation.
“This is something we believe that we can implement over a course of three years, with DOTr as the catalyst in bringing this future of tolling technologies,” Mr. Bontia said.
The MPTC also announced that by November this year, following the directive of the DOTr to immediately implement the new policy not later than 02 November 2020, all of its toll lanes will be 100% RFID-ready and compliant.
TRB Executive Director Abraham Sales, for his part during the virtual presser, provided updates on the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR) of DO 2020-12.
“The draft IRR has been referred by the TRB Secretariat, so, it is already with the Technical Working Group (TWG) and we will be discussing that by next week. I-schedule po natin 'yung meeting with the operators to also get their inputs on the proposed IRR. And then, hopefully, in the next board meeting po, ma-approve-an po yun so that we can have it published as required by law,” ED Sales shared.
Further, ED Sales explained the agency’s courses of action and measures, for those who have yet to have RFID stickers by November.
“The IRR would address that also, as we will be requiring the operators that they should set up stations po before they enter the expressway and put signs, para makita po nung motorista, na walang RFID, na hindi po sila makakapasok doon sa expressway kung wala po sila nito. So, we will be asking po the full cooperation ng mga operators na mag-set up po ng mga stations before the entry po sa expressways, to serve po 'yung mga walang RFID,” ED sales said.
Other officials present in the virtual media conference were DOTr Assistant Secretary for Communications and Commuter Affairs Goddes Hope Libiran, North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) Corporation President and General Manager J. Luigi Bautista, Easytrip Services Corporation President and General Manager Eugene Antonio, NLEX Corporation Chief Operating Officer (COO) Raul Ignacio, MPTC Chief Communications Officer Romulo Quimbo, Chief Legal Officer Joseph Marigomen, and Parañaque City 2nd District Representative Joy Myra Tambunting.
11 September 2020