February 23, 2024

The city government of Baguio arranged another round, this time for five days, of the radio-frequency identification (RFID) Autosweep and Eastrytrip sticker installation activity at the Loakan Airport from Dec. 7 to 11.

Mayor Benjie Magalong coordinated with the management of San Miguel Corporation (Autosweep) and NLEX Corporation (Easytrip) for the installation of RFIDs to accommodate more motorists in the city and nearby towns.

This is in compliance to the Department of Transportation order for cashless payment of toll fees for vehicles passing along NLEX, SCTEX, Cavitex, Calax, and C5 Link expressways including SLEX, Skyway, NAIAX, STAR, and TPLEX through the installation of RFID stickers implemented since Dec. 1.

A daily limit of 1,200 vehicles per day – 600 for Autosweep and 600 for Easytrip – was arranged to avoid traffic jam on the road leading to the Loakan Airport.

The mayor said personnel from the Baguio City Police Office and the Public Order and Safety Division will be deployed to count lined up vehicles and announce cut-off once the daily limit has been reached. Installation of RFID will be on a first come and first serve basis.

For Monday, Dec. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon, vehicles with license plates ending in zero and from 1 to 5 p.m., those ending in nine will be accommodated.

On Dec. 8 in the morning – vehicles with license plates ending in eight and in the afternoon – license plates ending in seven; Dec. 9 in the morning – license plates ending in six and in the afternoon – those ending in five; Dec. 10 in the morning – license plates ending in four and in the afternoon – license plates ending in three; and Dec. 11 in the morning – license plates ending in two and in the afternoon – license plates ending in one.

Motorists who do not follow the schedule will not be accommodated.

Those who will avail of the sticker installation shall prepare accomplished subscription forms which can be downloaded through the following links: Autosweep – https://drive.google.com/file/d/1UxfGGiWk5ArLoBsrI9lAfY2jN5o2DT3J/view and Easytrip – https://www.easytrip.ph/forms/TermsAndConditions.pdf as well as transfer balance form https://www.easytrip.ph/forms/Transfer%20of%20Balance-NLEX.pdf

Attached to the forms are photocopy of OR/CR of the vehicle, valid government issued ID and authorization letter for those sending their representatives and P500 for initial load for Class 1 and P1,000 for Class 2 or 3.

The city reminded those availing of the RFID installation to follow the directional signs or ask designated personnel for instructions without stepping out of their vehicle and to observe physical distancing.

The city hopes that with the guidelines in place, the monstrous traffic experienced during the staging on Nov. 16 and 17 that catered to a limited number of vehicles. – Jessa P. Samidan