The Department of Transportation (DOTr) and the Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) rolled out today the interim operation of the EMV-compliant Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS), geared towards the enhancement and modernization of the urban public transportation system in the country.
The AFCS, which allows the convenient use of EMV-compliant contactless credit, debit and prepaid bank cards as cashless payment instruments in public transport modes, will be tested under a real-time operational condition in preparation for its full and commercial implementation.
Transportation Undersecretary Cesar B. Chavez, Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board Chairperson Cheloy E. Velicaria-Garafil, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Governor Felipe M. Medalla, and LANDBANK President and CEO Cecilia C. Borromeo, together with participating public transport operators, led 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 at the Parañaque Integrated Terminal Exchange (PITx) in Parañaque City on 01 September 2022.
“LANDBANK fully supports the AFCS project for convenient and safe cashless payments in our PUVs. Through LANDBANK Contactless Cards, we look forward to making the daily journey and payment experience of commuters as seamless as possible,” said President and CEO Borromeo.
A total of 150 Public Utility Vehicle (PUV) units in selected pilot sites in the National Capital Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Metro Cebu will participate in the AFCS PPT.
Only LANDBANK prepaid and credit contactless cards will be accepted and processed in the 150 participating PUVs during the first month of the AFCS pilot testing period. Once the necessary regulations or policy has been issued, the LANDBANK AFCS solution can also accept and process the EMV contactless cards issued by other local banks.
Commuters can pay for fares using LANDBANK’s Special Edition Transit Cards, Agent Banking Cards (ABC), General Purpose Reloadable (GPR) Cards, Provincial ID e- Cards, and Classic and Gold Credit Cards, among others.
LANBANK already distributed more than 4.5 million LANDBANK contactless EMV cards which can be used in the AFCS solution, with another 1.9 million cards available and ready for claiming by the account owners.
Through the years, LANDBANK has grown into one of the leading universal banks in the country while remaining faithful to its social mandate to promote inclusive and sustainable development.
LANDBANK supports the modernization of the country’s transportation systems and services as a significant driver toward accelerated economic recovery and inclusive growth.