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LIBREng maintenance at processing fee sa cashless payment

By: - 05/21/2020

GINAWANG libre ang maintenance at processing fee ng Automatic Fare Collection System o cashless payment sa public utility vehicles.

“We want to promote a ‘new normal’ in public transportation. And shifting to cashless, and contactless transactions is part of that. Cashless payments will be beneficial to operators since it reduces pilferage, and other losses. It also automates accounting, and immediately provides ridership reports to the operator for analysis of its operations. This is a game-changer, as it enables the operator to further improve its service,” ani Transportation Sec. Arthur Tugade.

Ipinanukala ang AFCS upang masunod ang health protocol at maiwasan ang pagkalat ng coronavirus disease 2019.

“And I have to commend AF Payments, Inc. (AFPI) for deciding to waive its maintenance and processing fees. This would be a great help to our transport operators, drivers, and passengers,” dagdag pa ng kalihim.

Ang AFPI ang provider ng Beep Card na ginagamit sa Metro Rail Transit 3, Light Rail Transit 1 at 2 at ilang Point-to-Point buses.

Ayon kay DOTr Assistant Secretary for Road Transport and Infrastructure Mark De Leon nagdesisyon ang AFPI na huwag maningil ng 4%-6% na maintenance and processing fees.

“Before, if a bus operator earns Php20,000 per bus a day, it translates to a PhP1,200 pesos transaction cost daily. This decision of AFPI to waive their fees will be a big boost to the PUV operators’ income,” ani De Leon.

Nakikipag-usap na umano ang LTFRB sa mga bus operators upang pagisahin ang kanilang mga operasyon.

“AFPI is proud to support the efforts of the government to reopen public transport and is ready to equip buses and jeepneys with contactless devices that enable cashless ticketing and payment,” ani Chona Basilio, Chief Financial Officer ng AFPI.

“AFPI’s ticketing terminals will accept the well-known contactless beep cards as well as GCash QR code payments. Many commuters already have a beep™ card, as AFPI has issued 7 million beep cards since 2015,” saad naman ni Sharon Fong, AFPI Head of Business Development.

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