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Romualdez: House backs Tugade on use of RFID

In compliance with DOTR Department Order 2020-12 on cashless and contactless transactions in the expressways effective Nov 2, 2020, the House of Representatives thru Majority Floor Leader, and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez supported by Transport Committee Chairman Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento conducted radio-frequency identification (RFID) sticker installation in the HOR complex. Shown in photo is Romualdez with Metro Pacific Tollways Managers Tonie Andulan and Ms. Leluck Reyes.

THE Department of Transportation, in cooperation with the House of Representatives, through the offices of Majority Floor Leader and Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez and Committee on Transportation Chair, Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento have conducted the initial RFID sticker installation for vehicles in the HOR.

“We are behind DOTr Secretary Arthur Tugade’s campaign to go cashless in the road sector and prevent the spread of the virus as well as ease the passage of vehicles in the expressways under Metro Pacific Tollways network.” said Romualdez.

Rep. Edgar Mary Sarmiento also expressed support for the use of RFID, stating that this is a step in the right direction.

“It follows international standards and would help curb the spread of the COVID-19 virus,” said Sarmiento. He expressed hope that the private sector partners would continue to upgrade and improve the equipment being used which would make it more convenient for the public to adopt the new system.

The teams of Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation along with RFID company Easytrip Services Corporation enrolled new customers and installed the free RFID stickers.

“In collaboration with the DOTr, we launched this initial ROAD TO 100% RFID Sticker Caravan for HOR vehicles that may traverse the NLEX, SCTEX, CAVITEX, and CALAX.

We are also doing RFID sticker installation around Metro Manila thru the different local government units (LGUs), homeowners associations and in shopping malls to make it more accessible for motorists. The stickers are free and pre activated/pre-loaded with minimum P200. The load is consumable and has no expiration.” said Romulo Quimbo, MPTC Senior Vice President for Communication and Stakeholder Management.

The DOTR earlier mandated the Toll Regulatory Board (TRB) to conduct public consultations regarding the issuance of Implementing Rules and Regulations for DOTR Memorandum Circular 2020-12 Requiring Cashless or Contactless Transaction For All Vehicles Traveling on Toll Expressways.

The entire MPTC expressway network is now fully transitioning to a cashless toll collection system.

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Jun I. Legaspi
Reporter, People's Tonight