San Miguel Corp. (SMC) on Monday  extended its free toll privilege and fuel subsidy for medical frontliners battling the Covid-19 pandemic.

In a statement, the company said that its free toll program for medical frontliners that began in March had waived P53.49 million in fees.

“We’ve continued this program because we want to at least provide them some measure of relief and show them our support. We will continue to help them any way we can,” San Miguel President and Chief Executive Officer Ramon Ang said.

Some 9,260 medical frontliners have availed themselves of free toll radio-frequency identification (RFID) stickers, which can be used at all SMC Infrastructure-operated expressways, namely STAR Tollway, South Luzon Expressway, the Skyway system, NAIA Expressway and the Tarlac-Pangasinan-La Union Expressway, the company said.

San Miguel said that aside from the free toll program, subsidiaries SMC Infrastructure and Petron Corp. have provided free fuel to the Libreng Sakay programs of the Department of Transportation (DoTr) and the Metro Manila Development Authority. The free fuel program has also been extended up to Aug. 18.

Since April 7, SMC Infrastructure has provided 3,000 liters of fuel per day for 60 DoTr shuttle buses used to ferry health workers to various hospitals and critical health facilities.

To address the shortage of alcohol disinfectants, San Miguel repurposed its liquor manufacturing facilities to produce 1.3 million liters of ethyl alcohol worth P97.1 million to be distributed for free to hospitals, vital agencies, and institutions. Jessica Ivy A. Zapata