Skyway firm renews ISO & BS OSHAS certifications for Integrated Management System (IMS)
As a result of the successful surveillance audit by TUV Rheinland Philippines late last month, the Skyway O&M Corp.’s (SOMCO) certification under the triple standards of ISO 9001:2008, ISO 14001:2004+Cor.1:2009 and OHSAS 18001:2007 has been renewed recently. SOMCO has continuously maintained its certification for the past 5 years. Top photos show TUV Rheinland lead auditor Minda Fe Villapando discussing toll collection operations with SOMCO officers in one of her field visits at Skyway toll plazas, while bottom photo shows SOMCO President Manuel M. Bonoan (standing, sixth from left) with the members of the SOMCO Management Committee, ISO department representatives and the TUV Rheinland audit team. SOMCO operates the 16.2-kilometer elevated tollway from Buendia to Alabang and the 13.5-kilometer at-grade toll road from Magallanes to Alabang.
SKYWAY’S LEFTMOST OR PASSING LANES OFF-LIMITS TO BUSES AND TRUCKS
Skyway System operator, Skyway O&M Corp. (SOMCO), is now warning drivers of buses and trucks not to use the leftmost or passing lane of its 13.5-km. at-grade road section from Magallanes to Alabang and its 16.4-km. elevated tollway. Section 6 of Republic Act 2000 or the Limited Access Highway Act states that trucks, buses and slow-moving vehicles are not allowed on the leftmost lane at all times.
Since December last year, SOMCO has been meeting with the affected truck and bus owners and operators to inform them of the Skyway traffic safety rule. The officers and representatives of the Confederation of Truckers Association of the Philippines, Inc. (CTAP), Provincial Bus Operators Association of the Philippines, the Southern Luzon Bus Operators Association and the Integrated Metro Manila Bus Operators Association agreed to support the strict enforcement of said “off-limits to buses and trucks” rule and other matters related to its implementation. CTAP, in its letter of January 17, 2013, has expressed its support to Skyway’s “Bawal Dito, Bus/Truck” rule, and its “hope that our organization and SOMCO will continue to work together for the betterment of our traffic system.”
This month, the Skyway traffic enforcers will stop truck and bus drivers violating the new rule to warn and inform them that starting February, violators will be issued citation tickets.
By keeping trucks and buses strictly on the right and center lanes of the toll road, SOMCO expects to eliminate incidents of sideswiping and rear-end collisions caused by overtaking or slow-moving buses and trucks; and maintain the smooth flow of traffic.
Strict enforcement of said traffic rule is in line with SOMCO’s continuing effort to raise the level of motoring safety and comfort on the Skyway System.
To inquire, suggest, report unusual incidents or ask for assistance, motorist may call the Skyway hotline at 776-7777.
SOMCO raises level of motoring safety and comfort at Skyway System
During the last quarter of 2012, Skyway System operator, Skyway O&M Corporation (SOMCO), undertook and completed a Php56-million rotomilling and asphalt overlay work on over 59,000 sq. meters of road surface between the C5 and Bicutan at-grade section, as part of the regular maintenance of its toll road facilities. Shown above is a portion of the newly-asphalted road while photo insets show the maintenance activities that went into said road improvement work. With smoother road surface, SOMCO makes driving on the Skyway System safer, faster and more comfortable. Skyway System is the 13.5-km. at-grade tollway from Magallanes to Alabang and the 16.4-km. elevated tollway from Buendia to Alabang.
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