Beep card operator AF Payments Inc., a joint venture between Metro Pacific Investments Corp. and Ayala Corp. partnered with online stores to address the issue of card shortage in train stations and ease the burden of commuters using the mass transport system.
AFPI said the launch of its official Lazada, Shoppee and Facebook Marketplace online stores would ensure convenience to the commuters albeit at a higher price of P188 plus shipping fee.
AFPI said it remains committed to making everyday transactions easier and safer for Filipinos.
“We have previously reallocated stocks to the rails and continuously work with our partners to address public demand for bee cards. At the same time, we also need to cater to customers who use our payment solution off-rails and, more importantly, address the increasing cases of fraud among unofficial online sellers, thus the launch of our stores in top e-commerce platforms Lazada, Shopee, and Facebook Marketplace,” said Sharon Fong, chief commercial officer of AFPI.
Beep cards sold at rail stations are “priced lower as they are subsidized by AFPI and the government under a signed concession agreement in 2016.”
AFPI provides contactless payment solutions in the Philippines through its integrated product and service offerings, thereby enhancing the transaction experience of every Filipino.
Its tap-to-pay system is available for use in all three elevated railways (LRT-1, LRT-2, and MRT-3), EDSA buses, P2P buses, and select PUVs, tollways, and retail partners.
The beep card is reloadable and valid for four years.
Since its inception, beep has grown to offer a more robust automated payment collection system that accepts beep cards, QR tickets, and QR mobile codes, empowering businesses to expand their operations with cashless and safer additional payment channels.