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March 16, 2021

RSA Gets Involved in Skyway Stage 3, TRB Mess (Update: Skyway Stage 3 Will Remain Open)

UPDATE 2: Ramon S. Ang reveals reason behind miscommunication.

UPDATE: SMC says they will not close Skyway Stage 3 after all.

Bring out the popcorn, because the saga between the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) and Skyway Stage 3 project is not over.

Last night, in a surprising 11th hour move, San Miguel Corporation announced that its elevated 18.83-kilometer Skyway Stage 3 will be closed “indefinitely” starting today, March 16, 2021 at 5 PM.

The closure, announced on Twitter, contained little details except that SMC will re-open the Skyway Stage 3 once all ramps have been completed.

According to the TRB, the Skyway Stage 3 is currently 92.14 percent completed. 

This morning, the TRB denies that it issued any directive to close Skyway Stage 3. In a short statement, they said:
“The position of the TRB and its management is to keep Skyway Stage 3 open for the benefit of all motorists.”
After this statement was issued, SMC Chief executive Ramon S. Ang said the company “will ask TRB” for clarification.

A few hours later, Ang called DOTr Secretary Art Tugade, and cites a miscommunication for the order. He said that SMC will not close Skyway Stage 3.

The Skyway Stage 3 was formally opened to the public last January 14, 2021. It’s currently free while its operator, SMC seeks to have its proposed toll rates approved by the TRB.


  1. It always falls on these power hungry little agencies. Just like the LTO, LTFRB. Whatever brings fancy to their mind.

  2. RSA magaling sa press release. Bravo.

  3. Remember how Star tollway was ready and yet it also took TRB a long time to open it.


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