Weekend traffic jams on SLEx as ‘good samaritans’ head to Taal-affected communities
Marje Pelayo • January 20, 2020 • 1389
MANILA, Philippines – A heavy traffic situation without altercation.
Vehicles of various types clogged the South Luzon Expressway (SLEx) during the weekend as individuals and groups ferried relief goods to residents affected by the eruption of the Taal Volcano.
The weekend traffic reached up to 12 kilometers with volunteers patiently waiting for hours for their vehicles to move to various evacuation centers across Batangas province.
The situation prompted the SLEx management to activate zipper lanes towards Calamba Toll Plaza to ease the situation.
According to SLEx Skyway president, Manuel Bonoan, motorists took advantage of the free toll at Calamba Toll Plaza and caused traffic jams.
Bonoan noted that to avail of the privilege, motorists need to coordinate with their office first to be confirmed and to advise their intended destination or recipients.
“Medyo nagkaroon yata ng confusion kahapon at gusto yata lahat na may marka ang mga sasakyan kahit ballpen lang na nakalagay sa bond paper (There seemed to have been a confusion yesterday. Motorists were insisting that their vehicles be marked. They were arguing that a note on a piece of paper would do),” Bonoan explained.
“Wala naman kaming sinasabihan na mga toll plazas na ganun. Kawawa naman ang toll teller dahil siya ang magbabayad sa toll fee kapag hindi approve ang pagdaan ng sasakyan (We do not allow that at our toll plazas. The toll tellers would have to pay the toll of unapproved vehicles that pass),” he added.
Bonoan clarified that there is no end date for the free toll on SLEx Skyway and Star Toll Plaza for government-run vehicles and private groups heading to deliver goods to Batangas provided that their trips are properly coordinated with their office.
Meanwhile, #Slex trended on Saturday as netizens hailed the display of “bayanihan” spirit that the heavy traffic situation reflected.
Taal Volcano’s main crater has again spewed steam-rich plumes on Wednesday (August 11) after a pause of 16 days, according to the Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (Phivolcs).
“Activity at the main crater was dominated by upwelling of hot volcanic fluids in its lake which generated plumes 3,000 meters tall that drifted to the general north,” according to the latest bulletin of Phivolcs.
LOOK: The Taal Main Crater resumes degassing of a steam-rich plume after a pause of 16 days. SO2 flux of 3849 tonnes/day was last measured on 9 August 2021. A total of 107 volcanic earthquakes was recorded over the past 24-hr observation period. Alert Level 2 currently prevails. pic.twitter.com/hdTgdwu3fN
As of August 9, the amount of sulfur dioxide (SO2) emitted from the main crater reached 3,849 tonnes/day. There were also 107 volcanic earthquakes recorded over the past 24-hour observation period, including 100 volcanic tremor events which lasted from two to 30 minutes, six low-frequency volcanic earthquakes, and one hybrid event.
Alert Level 2 remains over Taal Volcano. Phivolcs stressed that entry into Taal Volcano Island and Taal’s permanent danger zone is strictly prohibited. AAC
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