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MMDA signs MoA with Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation for faster emergency response

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METROPOLITAN Manila Development Authority emergency vehicles will be fitted with Radio Frequency Identification sticker tags to facilitate their fast entry to major toll plazas in the south and the north.

This was learned shortly after the MMDA and the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC) on Friday signed a Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) to that effect. Accordingly, 100 RFID sticker tags will be attached to 100 select government and emergency vehicles to allow easy ingress and egress on toll roads managed and operated by the MPTC.

Under the partnership, the RFID sticker tags will bear an initial load of Php500.00. From now on registered government and emergency vehicles responding to fire, flood and other disasters, can enter and exit through the North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) toll areas in the north and Cavite Expressway (Cavitex) in the south without stopping for payment.

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MMDA Chairman Danilo Lim expressed gratefulness to the MPTC saying the partnership would help the government agency in delivering immediate metro-wide services to the 17 local government units of Metro Manila.

He noted that at least five cities in northern and southern Metro Manila can be easily accessed via through Cavitex (Muntinlupa, Parañaque and Las Piñas) and NLEX (Caloocan and Valenzuela).

“With the RFID stickers, our emergency vehicles can pass through gates without rolling windows down and pay for a ticket manually,” said Lim, during the MOA signing held at the MMDA headquarters in Makati City.

For his part, Rodrigo Franco, MPTC president, said his corporation supports the government’s mandate to provide quick and efficient public service.

“With this partnership with the MMDA, we can help the agency respond faster during times of natural disasters,” said Franco.

EasyDrive (powered by EasyTrip) is the country’s first RFID sticker tag used for toll payment instead of manual cash payment.

It uses the latest RFID technology in paper-thin battery-less sticker form that contains a chip and antenna attached to a vehicle’s windshield or headlamp, and can be used a EasyDrive dedicated or mix toll lanes at Cavitex.

EasyDrive eliminates queuing at toll plazas as vehicles go through the lanes without stopping for payment.

Nelson Flores, J.D., MSCK
A former reporter of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Manila Standard Today, and a regular columnist of the Metro Manila based daily tabloid newspaper Hataw; Nelson Flores is also the former Senior Associate Editor of the Houston based Fil-Am Press and former anchor of dzXL and dzRJ's weekend talk show Usaping Bayan. Mr. Flores has a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Law degrees from the University of Santo Tomas and Adamson University and a holder of a study certificate from the Diocesan House of Studies, Iglesia Filipina Independiente (IFI). He is a Freemason and member of Reagan Lodge 1037 in Houston Heights under the jurisdiction of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Texas and a member of the Missionary Society of Christ the King (MSCK).

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