MPTC launches Digital Tollways program, ushers new era of e-payments in the country
9/5/17 9:00 AM
MANILA, Philippines, August 22, 2017 — Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the largest tollway concessionaire in the country, launched today its digital tollways program that aims to build awareness on the various electronic payment options now available for motorists traveling the NLEX, CAVITEX and SCTEX. These payment options include Easy Trip RFID, Mastercard contactless cards, and beep cards.
The initiative, which is supported by MPTC partners PayMaya Philippines, Easy Trip Services Corp., and AF Payments, Inc. (AFPI), recognizes the big role of digital technologies in transforming the tollways experience and in enabling communities and businesses connected by the expressways.
“The use of digital payments is helping usher a new era of tollways operations in the country where consumers can enjoy faster, more secure and more convenient electronic transactions. This is very much aligned with the National Retail Payment System program of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) that aims to transform 20% of the country’s payment transactions to electronic by 2020,” said Manuel V. Pangilinan, Chairman of MPTC.
“Enabling electronic transactions in the tollways is a key contributor in growing electronic money usage as thousands of motorists use our expressways every day. With this initiative, we are offering Filipinos more options that can suit their lifestyle and personal preferences,” said Rodrigo E. Franco, Metro Pacific Tollways President and CEO.
Aside from cash, motorists traversing NLEX can now pay their tollway fees by using their Easy Trip RFID, beep cards, and Mastercard contactless debit, prepaid, and credit cards, including their Smart Mastercard powered by PayMaya. Mastercard acceptance for CAVITEX and SCTEX will commence soon. Motorists will also be able to pay at MPTC expressways with their Visa contactless debit, prepaid, and credit cards soon.
“With these payment options, motorists will experience an even more seamless, convenient and hassle-travel at the NLEX, SCTEX and Cavitex,” added Franco.
Enabling the end-to-end acceptance of contactless card payments at MPTC tollways is PayMaya Philippines’ PayMaya Business, which delivers solutions to allow businesses of all sizes to accept payments.
“We are thrilled to launch the digital tollways campaign with MPTC. The impact of digital transformation in the toll roads space will not only bring a whole new level of convenience to consumers but also place the country at the forefront of the region’s digital global economy,” said Orlando B. Vea, President and CEO of PayMaya Philippines.
With the initiative, MPTC will be kicking off campaigns on the various payment options that motorists can choose from. For instance, the Easy Trip RFID is best for motorists who regularly pass by MPTC toll roads such as NLEX and Cavitex while those already with beep cards can also now use them at the tollways, aside from railway transit systems and P2P Premium bus services.
Meanwhile, motorists who prefer to use their existing Mastercard prepaid, debit or credit contactless cards, can now use them also at the tollways. For instance, the Smart Mastercard powered by PayMaya, which is backed by over 15,000 reloading stations nationwide, is ideal for motorists who shop and pay bills at the same time since it works anywhere Mastercard is accepted, even online and abroad.
Enabling the digital infrastructure for MPTC tollways is the most extensive combined network of PLDT and Smart Communications. MPTC sees this collaboration among digital enablers as a positive move towards delivering high quality infrastructure, both physical and digital – to more Filipinos via the toll roads network.
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