Tugade wants commuters to have beep cards for free

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 1) — Transportation Secretary Arthur Tugade wants consortium AF Payments, Inc., which operates the fare collection system in Metro Manila rail systems and EDSA Busway, to give stored value cards or “beep” cards to commuters for free.

This is after the Department of Transportation required cashless transaction for public utility buses, plying the EDSA Busway route starting on Thursday.

Tugade on Thursday said the beep cards should be given for free after load payment, even with the minimum amount. He also asked the AF Payments not to pass on the cost of the value cards to the commuters.

“Dapat libre lang ang card (the card should be free). We are still under quarantine measures," he said. "Workers who have just returned to work are the main users of the rail system and the EDSA Busway.”

“Malaking bagay para sa mga ordinaryong manggagawa ang ₱30 to ₱50 na ikakaltas para bayaran ang card ng beep. Pasahe din ‘yun," he added. "They should be spared from the burden of having to pay the price of the beep card on top of their fares.”

[Translation: Taking away ₱30 to ₱50 to pay the beep card is a big thing for ordinary workers. That can still be used as fare. They should be spared from the burden of having to pay the price of the beep card on top of their fares]

A beep card can also be used to pay fares in LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3 train lines, and some point-to-point buses, as well as modern public utility vehicles and is valid for four years.