Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the leading mobility infrastructure and solutions provider in the Philippines, joins the country in celebrating the road safety month with ‘Mission: Road Safety’. MPTC is undertaking this initiative to reinforce its expressways’ road safety mission based on the 3 pillars of safety – safe self, safe vehicle, and safe roads.
“Mission: Road Safety” institutionalizes road safety awareness seminars and digital information campaigns to educate the general and motoring public, ensuring their safe journey along MPTC expressways in Luzon and Visayas— NLEX, SCTEX, NLEX Connector, CALAX, CAVITEX, CAVITEX C5 Link, and CCLEX (Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway).
The United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) cited that an average of 345 daily fatalities is caused by transport accidents in the Philippines.
“Road safety is at the core of Metro Pacific Tollways’ business. We have advanced protocols in place to avoid untoward incidents, we have responsive on-ground and 24/7 hotline personnel to ensure that our motorists are well attended to; expressways that are built for safety, and employees who have passion for innovation to explore more ways to better serve our stakeholders,” MPTC President and CEO Rodrigo Franco explained how safety remains the top tier in the list of priorities of the group.
Empowered motorists and commuting public
MPTC units NLEX Corp. and Metro Pacific Tollways South (MPT South) have already established their efforts in the road safety awareness, through respective flagship programs Biyahero Road Safety Caravan and Drayberks Drive Road Safety Seminars.
These programs intensified education on proper expressway driving, traffic rules and regulations, importance of vehicle road worthiness, and preparation of the driver (self) and their passengers.
Cebu Cordova Link Expressway Corporation (CCLEC)’s advocacy program dubbed Istorya Ta Bai! Cultivates safe driving habits and orients motorists on key safety features of Cebu’s iconic toll bridge CCLEX.
‘Per stakeholder’ approach
To further strengthen its efforts, business units target various stakeholders that they can tap to amplify MPTC’s safety mission.
NLEX Usapang Driver is a forum aimed at educating drivers from bus and trucking companies on safe expressway driving. To date, over seven bus and 13 trucking companies have participated in this program. The unit also has Kaligtasan sa Daan (KalSaDa) road safety education program targeted for its community partners and neighboring barangays.
Last November 2022, NLEX and Paramount Consumer Products launched the ‘Nickelodeon Safety First with PAW Patrol’ campaign showcasing messages of safety for children. The safety messages can be seen on toll plaza banners and billboards along NLEX’s extensive road network until June 2023.
MPT South’s Bayani ng Kalsada (BayaniKa) is a program that teaches kids about road signs and familiarize them with road safety measures, particularly on expressways. Since its inception in 2022, over 800 school children from host communities have benefitted from it.
Safety is practiced year round
During peak travel seasons and holidays, MPTC units from North to South intensify their operations under the ‘Safe Trip Mo Sagot Ko’ initiative. In anticipation of increased traffic volume, over 1,200 patrol crews, traffic marshals, and security teams are deployed to ensure effective traffic management along its expressways. Emergency medical services and incident response teams are also fielded in strategic areas.
Safe road for all
These efforts are all in line with the United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution “Improving global road safety” with the ambitious target of preventing at least 50% of road traffic deaths and injuries by 2030.
MPTC echoes UN’s thrust in its corporate Sustainability Strategic Goals by continuously improving its services and providing top notch customer experience to its stakeholders.
Aside from its tollways, MPTC created the MPT DriveHub app that brings expressway services to the hands of the customer to bring about a more satisfactory travel experience. The MPT DriveHub app allows easy reloading of RFID accounts, has real-time traffic updates of its seven expressways, and allows users to call for 24/7 emergency roadside assistance.
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Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) is in the business of developing and operating toll roads in the Philippines, Indonesia, and Vietnam. It is the biggest toll road developer in the Philippines, with a current portfolio of tollways that includes the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX), Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (SCTEX), Manila-Cavite Toll Expressway (CAVITEX), Cavite-Laguna Expressway (CALAX), Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway (CCLEX) and NLEX Connector Road (NLEX Connector).
MPTC also has investments in Indonesia via PT Nusantara whose operations comprise of toll roads, ports, water, and energy generation and distribution; and in Vietnam’s CII Bridges & Roads Investment Joint Stock Company that is primarily engaged in the construction, development, and operations of urban infrastructure.
MPTC recently accelerated its digital transformation and expanded its business offerings via its two new business units— MPT Digital Inc and MPT Mobility. MPT Digital Inc. will continue to drive the group’s internal and external digital transformation, leverage on data for business insights, and implement enterprise support systems.
MPT Mobility houses products and services to satisfy the customers’ mobility needs and enhance their experience. It has seven business units under its fold, namely account management company Easytrip Services Corp., centralized customer response organization One Hub, expressway rest stop firm MPT Drive & Dine, outsourced manpower provider Savvice Corp., out of home advertising unit Spot On, parking solutions company Dibz, and innovation and diversification unit Business Development. MPT Mobility also maintains and operates the tollway group’s newest mobile application, MPT DriveHub.
MPTC is the tollways infrastructure unit of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. MPIC is one of three key Philippines units of Hong Kong- based First Pacific Co. Ltd.
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