MANILA, Philippines – The Division of Transportation (DOTr) on Friday stated it’s engaged on forging partnerships with varied digital fee suppliers for the implementation of cashless or contactless transactions in taxis and Transport Community Service Automobiles (TNVS) as a part of the “new normal” amid the novel coronavirus illness (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a press release, the DOTr stated it has tapped fee platforms to assist equip taxis and TNVS with scan-to-pay techniques to restrict direct bodily contact between drivers and passengers, thus additional curbing the unfold of COVID-19.
Taxis and Transport Community Corporations (TNC) are allowed to function in areas positioned underneath normal neighborhood quarantine at diminished capability and with strict well being and security protocols.
“Cashless and contactless payment scheme will now be part of the ‘new normal’ in the public transportation system,” Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade stated.
The DOTr stated one of many first to tie-up with the federal government for this function is GCash.
Underneath the partnership, GCash will assist allow taxi drivers to just accept digital funds by the Scan To Pay app the place GCash customers solely have to scan the distinctive QR code of the taxi unit they’re using in paying for his or her metered fares.
GCash can be providing the GCash PowerPay+ answer to taxi operators the place they will ship out salaries, allowances, and commissions by to their workers, or members nationwide, the DOTr stated.
“GCash strongly supports the government’s call for the use of mobile payments to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 through surfaces such as paper money,” GCash Head of Funds Jovit Bajar stated.
Authorities are additionally in talks with different fee platforms PayMaya, Squidpay and Beep, amongst others, the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) stated in the identical assertion.
“We had consultations with these providers over the weekend. We are encouraging these digital payment providers to partner with taxi operators and TNCs to lessen the chance of COVID-19 spread,” LTFRB chairman Martin Delgra III stated.
“On the part of the TNCs such as Hirna, Grab and Owto, they are already accepting cashless transactions,” he added.
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