METRO Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC), the largest tollway concessionaire in the country, launched on August 22 its digital tollways program that initially is operational in the Balintawak to Marilao and vice versa tollgates of the North Luzon Expressway.
Negotiations for other expressways under MPTC are expected to be concluded soon.
Metro Pacific Tollways Corp. is the concessionaire and operator of NLEX, SCTEX and Cavitex and part of their portfolio of future developments are NLEX-SLEX connector road, NLEX-Harbor Link Segment 10, Cavite-Laguna Expressway, C-5 Southlink, Cebu-Cordova Link Expressway.
The program aims to build awareness on the various electronic payment options– Easy Trip RFID, Mastercard contactless cards, and beep cards—that are now available for motorists traveling the NLEX, CAVITEX and SCTEX.
The digital tollways program is supported by MPTC partners– PayMaya Philippines, Easy Trip Services Corp., and AF Payments, Inc. (AFPI)– that 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 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 that allow businesses of all sizes to accept payments.
PayMaya Philippines, Inc. is the pioneer in mobile money and payments, having established brands such as PayMaya, the first prepaid online payment app that enables the financially underserved to pay online without a credit card; PayMaya Business, the company’s system solutions provider that allows businesses to receive online and card payments anytime, anywhere; Smart Money, the world’s first e-wallet linked to a mobile phone; and Smart Padala, the leading remittance network in the Philippines with over 15,000* agents across the country. PayMaya Philippines is a subsidiary of Voyager Innovations, the digital innovations company of PLDT and Smart.
“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.