Looking to improve and modernize the public transport system of the country, the Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Landbank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) partnered to launch the Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS).

While still on its way to a full-time operation, the AFCS will see real-time testing where it will facilitate cashless payment via EMV-compliant contactless debit, credit, and prepaid banks in public transportation.

Making for an official test flight on September 1, 2022 in Paranaque City via the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx), Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairperson Cheloy E. Velicaria-Garafil, Transportation Undersecretary Cesar B. Chavez, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Felipe M. Medalla, and LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, along with participating public transportation operators, conducted the “Interim Operation Launch and Tripartite Memorandum of Agreement Ceremonial Signing” for the Automated Fare Collection System EMV Contactless Pilot Production Testing (AFCS EMV PPT) Project.

Taking part in the early test of the program are a total of 150 Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) units in selected pilot sites across Central Luzon, Calabarzon, National Capital Region, and Metro Cebu.

During the first month, only prepaid and credit contactless cards issued by LANDBANK will be accepted and processed, but will eventually open for EMV contactless cards issued by other local banks once essential regulations are discharged.

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