Valenzuela City ends toll holiday; orders conditional lifting of NLEX Corp.’s business permit suspension

Robie de Guzman   •   December 16, 2020   •   564

MANILA, Philippines – The toll holiday being implemented in North Luzon Expressway (NLEX) toll plazas in Valenzuela City has ended at 12 noon on Wednesday after Mayor Rex Gatchalian ordered the conditional lifting of the suspension of the company’s business permit, the local government said.

Gatchalian last week ordered the suspension due to the toll operator’s failure to comply with the city’s directive to address issues on the RFID installation and improve its services.

“The city government of Valenzuela and NLEX Corporation have come to a meeting of the minds this morning, 10:30 am, December 16, 2020,” the city government said in an advisory.

“Both parties believe that this is the right direction to take to ease the burden of the riding public,” it added.

The city government and NLEX Corp. have also agreed to implement barriers up scheme in all RFID lanes in toll plazas in Valenzuela City from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, and reinstate cash lanes.

They have also agreed to upgrade the RFID system and account management to “address growing consumer complaints to be completed on or before January 30, 2021.”

“Both parties have also agreed to create a technical working group, composed of CGOV and NLEX key personnel, who will continuously meet to innovate traffic and account management initiatives,” the city government said.

NLEX-SCTEX operator prepares for long weekend holiday

Maris Federez   •   October 28, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the operator of the North Luzon Expressway-Subic-Clark-Tarlac Expressway (NLEX-SCTEX), has started preparing for the long weekend holiday.

In a statement, the MPTC said they expect a 10 percent increase in the volume of vehicles that will pass the NLEX-SCTEX starting October 29 to November 2.

The toll operator said they will implement extended working hours for their employees to give more attention to areas that are usually affected by the heavy flow of traffic.

“With traffic growth of 10% anticipated in NLEX-SCTEX, traffic management teams will adopt extended working hours to closely monitor and manage the expected high volume of vehicles in Balintawak, Mindanao, Karuhatan, Bocaue, San Simon, San Fernando, Tarlac, and Tipo,” the MPTC management said.

The MPTC has also put on hold construction and closure activities in several expressway lanes.

As added service, the MPTC will post traffic situations in the expressway through the NLEX social media accounts. Other information may be obtained through the company’s 24/7 hotline number 1-35000. —/mbmf

PNP dismisses Valenzuela cop who shot teen with special needs

Robie de Guzman   •   October 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The police officer assigned in Valenzuela City who was involved in the death of a teenager with special needs has been dismissed from the service, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Tuesday.

PNP chief Police General Guillermo Eleazar said he has ordered the removal of Police Senior Master Sergeant Christopher Salcedo from the service following a review of the Internal Affairs Service (IAS) recommendation.

The review was conducted by the Discipline, Law and Order Division- Directorate for Personnel and Records Management (DLOD-DPRM) and the Office of the Chief PNP.

“I have signed the order for the dismissal from the service of PSMS Salcedo for grave misconduct and less grave irregularity in the performance of duty,” Eleazar said in a statement.

The PNP said Salcedo was administratively charged for the death of 18-year-old Erwin Arnigo during an anti-illegal gambling operation conducted by Valenzuela City Police personnel last May 23.

The National Bureau of Investigation is still conducting a probe for the filing of a criminal complaint against Salcedo, it added.

In dismissing Salcedo, Eleazar said he has taken into consideration several factors that aggravated his offense, including violation of the police operational procedure as well as the fact that the teenager was a person with special needs.

“Arnigo should not have been arrested by Valenzuela City police personnel, particularly Salcedo, the teenager having no involvement with the tupada (illegal cockfighting) ,” he said.

“Being a person with autism spectrum disorder, he could not have knowingly taken part in the illegal gambling activity,” he added.

The IAS previously recommended a 40-day suspension against Salcedo citing the accidental nature of the fatal shooting and his awards and citations as mitigating factors.

Meanwhile, Eleazar affirmed the dropping of the administrative cases of grave neglect of duty and less grave neglect of duty against four other Valenzuela City police personnel who took part in the anti-illegal gambling operation.

He said that there was no substantive evidence to support their supposed administrative offenses of grave neglect of duty and less grave neglect of duty.

Motorists warned of one-week drainage works on portion of NLEx in Valenzuela City

Marje Pelayo   •   September 27, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – Expect heavy traffic flow along the North Luzon Expressway (NLEx) starting Monday (September 27).

The NLEx management is doing drainage enhancement works along the northbound lane of the expressway specifically in Valenzuela City area.

Specifically, a 200-meter portion of the rightmost lane of NLEx Valenzuela area will be closed to motorists.

Warning signs are installed to guide the public of the ongoing maintenance works for safety.

The NLEx management said maintenance works will last until Saturday (October 2).

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