LIST: Heavy Traffic expected on major tollways next week

Robie de Guzman   •   April 13, 2019   •   1831

MANILA, Philippines – The operator of Skyway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX), South Luzon Expressway (SLEX) and STAR tollway is set to implement measures to ease the heavy traffic expected during the Lenten break next week.

SMC Tollways said additional ambulant tellers and traffic patrol teams will be deployed this week as vehicle volume is expected to increase by 10 percent during this season.

Temporary toll collection booths will also be added and all road works will be suspended.

All field personnel will also be required to be on standby and vacation leaves will be cancelled.

SMC said that beginning April 16 (Tuesday) to April 22 (Monday) heavy traffic is expected in the following areas:

Skyway Southbound At-grade 

April 16-18 & 20 (P.M.)

  • C5-Alabang At-grade

April 17 (P.M.)

  • Amorsolo to Magallanes Area

Skyway Northbound At-grade

April 21-22

  • Alabang Viaduct to Skyway On Ramp (Skyway Main Plaza B) Elevated

NAIAX Westbound

April 17-20 (P.M.)

  • NAIAX Main Toll Plaza B

NAIAX Eastbound

April 17-20 (P.M.)

  • NAIAX Main Toll Plaza a

SLEX Southbound

April 17 (P.M.)

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

April 18

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

April 20

  • Calamba Toll Plaza A and B
  • Carmona, Sta. Rosa Exit
  • Eton-ABI Exit
  • Cabuyao Toll Plaza
  • Ayala Toll Plaza

Northbound

April 21-22

  • Ayala Toll Plaza
  • Calamba Toll Plaza Entry
  • Exits in Filinvest
  • Exits in Alabang Viaduct

STAR Tollway

Southbound April 17 (P.M.)

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

April 18

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

April 20

  • Sto. Tomas Entry
  • Lipa Toll Plaza
  • Balagtas Toll Plaza
  • Sto. Toribio
  • Ibaan-San Jose Interchange

Northbound

April 21-22 (A.M.)

  • Toll Plazas in Sto. Tomas

TPLEX

Northbound

April 17-19

  • Tarlac Central Toll Plaza
  • Urdaneta Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio-MacArthur T-intersection
  • Binalonan Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio Toll Plaza

Southbound

April 21-22

  • Tarlac Central Toll Plaza
  • Urdaneta Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio-MacArthur T-intersection
  • Binalonan Toll Plaza
  • Pozorrubio Toll Plaza

SMC Tollways, together with Petron Lakbay Alalay, will also set up Motorist Assistance Stations at:

  • TPLEX – Petron KM 134 Northbound and Southbound
  • TPLEX Toll Operations Compound Northbound
  • Skyway – C5 and Merville Southbound
  • Sucat Lay-by At-grade Northbound
  • SLEX – San Pedro Gas Station Southbound
  • KM 44 Petron Gas Station Southbound
  • KM 44 Petron Gas Station Northbound
  • STAR – Petron Malvar Southbound
  • Malainin Lay-by KM 92 Southbound
  • Petron Lipa Northbound
  • Lapu-Lapu Lay-by KM 90 Northbound

Cebu Pacific cancels more flights until May 10

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2019


MANILA, Philippines – Cebu Pacific has announced more domestic flight cancellations after it cancelled dozens of flights from April 28 to 30.

In a statement released late Monday, the budget airliner said it will be cancelling 58 round-trip flights from May 1 to 10, 2019 as part of their ongoing efforts to improve time performance and reduce disruption to their passengers.

The cancelled flights in May are listed below:

May 1 (Wednesday)

  • 5J551/5J552  Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • 5J623/5J624  Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J983            Manila-Davao
  • 5J639/5J640  Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J504/5J505  Manila-Tuguegarao-Manila

May 2 (Thursday)

  • 5J473/5J474  Manila-Bacolod-Manila
  • 5J569/5J570  Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • 5J983/5J984  Manila-Davao-Manila
  • 5J455/5J456  Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J891/5J892  Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila

May 3 (Friday)

  • DG6503/DG6504   Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • DG6241/DG6242   Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila
  • DG6663/DG6664   Cebu-Zamboanga-Cebu
  • DG6987-DG6988   Zamboanga-Tawi-Tawi-Zamboanga
  • 5J984                     Davao-Manila
  • 5J 791/5J792  Manila-Butuan-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860  Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 901/5J902  Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila
  • 5J 631/5J632  Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J 579/5J580  Manila-Cebu-Manila

May 4 (Saturday) 

  • DG6509/DG6510   Manila-Cebu-Manila
  • DG6462/DG6463   Cebu-Bacolod-Cebu
  • DG6515/DG6516   Cebu-Dumaguete-Cebu
  • DG6241/DG6242   Manila-Caticlan (Boracay)-Manila
  • 5J 791/5J792   Manila-Butuan-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860   Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 621/5J622   Manila-Bohol (Tagbilaran)-Manila
  • 5J 327/5J328   Manila-Legazpi-Manila
  • 5j 861/5J862   Manila-Zamboanga-Manila

May 5 (Sunday)

  • 5J641/5J642    Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860   Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 621/5J622   Manila-Bohol (Tagbilaran)-Manila
  • 5J 327/5J328   Manila-Legazpi-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390    Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila

May 6 (Monday)

  • 5J641/5J642   Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860  Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 629/5J630  Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J375/5J376   Manila-Roxas-Manila
  • 5J377/5J378   Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila

May 7 (Tuesday)

  • 5J 781/5J782  Manila-Ozamiz-Manila
  • 5J504/5J505   Manila-Tuguegarao-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390   Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J471/5J472   Manila-Bacolod-Manila
  • 5J461/5J462   Manila-Iloilo-Manila

May 8 (Wednesday) 

  • 5J641/5J642  Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J463/5J464  Manila-Iloilo-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J395/5J396  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J579/5J580  Manila-Cebu-Manila

May 9 (Thursday)

  • 5J991/5J992  Manila-General Santos-Manila
  • 5J635/5J636  Manila-Puerto Princesa-Manila
  • 5J 857/5J858 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 327/5J328 Manila-Legazpi-Manila
  • 5J981/5J982  Manila-Davao-Manila

May 10 (Friday)

  • 5J991/5J992  Manila-General Santos-Manila
  • 5J 859/5J860 Manila-Zamboanga-Manila
  • 5J 629/5J630 Manila-Dumaguete-Manila
  • 5J389/5J390  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila
  • 5J395/5J396  Manila-Cagayan de Oro (Laguindingan)-Manila

Affected travelers may rebook flights within 30 days from the original flight schedule, free of charge; get a full refund or place the full cost of the ticket in a travel fund.

Passengers may also re-route to and from alternate airports for travel within 30 days, subject to availability of seats.

Cebu Pacific also said passengers on cancelled flights will receive one round-trip travel voucher which can be used for future flights. 

The management of Cebu Pacific earlier apologized for the inconvenience caused by the cancellations, and assured it is extending “every possible help” to affected passengers.

The budget airliner earlier released a list of flight cancellations from April 28 to 30.

Cebu Pacific spokesperson Charo Logarta-Lagamon had said they are facing operational limitations, particularly in their Manila hub, due to different factors, including several damaged aircraft and heavy traffic that prevented flights from taking off and landing on time.

The Civil Aeronautics Board (CAB) said it is now investigating the flight cancellations.

READ: CAB looks into Cebu Pacific flight cancellations

The board said it is evaluating the circumstances and explanations given by the Cebu Pacific that led to the incident. – Robie de Guzman

Portions of NAIA Expressway to be closed from April 29 to May 1

Marje Pelayo   •   April 29, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – A portion of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Expressway (NAIAX) will be closed starting April 29 (Monday) to May 1 (Wednesday) due to a scheduled maintenance work.

In an advisory announced Sunday (April 28), the Skyway O&M Corp. (SOMCO) advised motorists to avoid the portion of NAIAX leading to G. Puyat (Buendia) Avenue, Amorsolo Street, Don Bosco Technical Institute, and Edsa from 10 p.m. on Monday to 4 a.m. on Tuesday (April 30).

Meanwhile, the company also announced that portion of NAIAX leading to Bicutan, Sucat, Alabang, and South Luzon Expressway (SLEX), will be closed from 10 p.m. on Tuesday until 4 a.m. on Wednesday (May 1).

Motorists are advised to take Sales Road as an alternate route. – Marje Pelayo

DOE: Power supply situation in PH may improve this week

Robie de Guzman   •   April 16, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The power supply situation in the country is expected to improve as more power plants resume operations this week, the Department of Energy (DOE) said.

DOE said in an advisory on Tuesday that the Luzon grid is now operating under normal conditions after the reactivation of Sual power plant Unit 1. The plant went out last April 9 after experiencing a boiler pump leak.

The Luzon grid was placed on red and yellow alert status for consecutive days after several power plants went offline for various reasons.

It was placed again on red alert on Monday.

READ: Luzon grid on yellow alert for over 10 hours

READ: DOE: Brownouts possible as Luzon grid goes red alert again

A red alert means there is an existing generation deficiency or zero ancillary services, while yellow alert means there are low power reserves against high power demand.

Rotational brownouts were also implemented in parts of Metro Manila and nearby provinces to manage the insufficient power supply.

As of Tuesday, DOE said three power plants are yet to go online after going into forced outage. These are the SMC Consolidated Power Corporation (SMCCPC) Limay Unit 2, Southwest Luzon Power Generation Corporation (SLPGC) Unit 2 and the Pagbilao Energy Corporation Unit 3.

DOE Undersecretary Felix William “Wimpy” Fuentebella said in a press briefing on Monday that the power supply situation in the country is expected to improve starting Wednesday.

Fuentebella also expressed hope that the decline in demand during the Lenten season will further improve the situation. – Robie de Guzman

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