Friday, December 2, 2022

Poe Asks DOTr To Address Beep Card Shortage Problem

THE LUZON DAILY

Poe Asks DOTr To Address Beep Card Shortage Problem

Spotlight

How do you feel about this story?

Like
Love
Haha
Wow
Sad
Angry

Sen. Grace Poe asked the Department of Transportation (DOTr) to come up with an effective solution to address the looming problem involving the shortage of beep cards to spare commuters from further woes.

At the Senate finance subcommittee hearing led by Poe on the DOTr budget, its officials said there are some 400,000 stored-value beep cards in circulation that will expire soon but it still has a significant supply of single-journey tickets that a passenger can buy each time they ride the MRT.

“But if you buy a single-use ticket, magbabayad ka rin naman e mano-mano pa rin. Hindi ‘yan solusyon,” Poe pointed out.

Asked by Poe, the DOTr officials said commuters cannot buy their single-journey tickets in advance, and every purchased single-journey ticket must be used within two hours.

“‘Wag nang dagdagan ng palamuti ang mga salita ninyo. Kaya ka nga bibili ng ilan para maiwasang pumila, e pipila ka pa rin to get that… What is our contingency para hindi na pipila,” Poe asked.

The DOTr said one of the solutions is to install a machine that would extend the expiry date of the stored-value tickets for a year, and passengers can just go to any station and have their cards’ expiry extended.

The DOTr added that some commuters have more than one stored-value card and that it has a program encouraging people to share their beep cards with their family or friends.

The DOTr said it is currently pilot-testing the payment of fares via QR ticketing code using cellphones.

“Can you develop that as soon as possible before the actual shortage is felt,” Poe stressed.

Source: http://www.senate.gov.ph

Latest News

Spotlight

The Talk

More Stories

Solon Elated Over Promised Increased Pension For Seniors

A senior citizen party list member expressed his appreciation for advocating the idea of the proposed PHP1,000 monthly pension for elderly people in need.

E-Cigarettes More Effective In Putting An End To Smoking – Study

An international study disclosed that e-cigarettes effectively reduce smoking habits compared to other methods.

Taguig’s Must-See Christmas Village Now Open To Public

Mayor Lani Cayetano officially opened the Christmas Village in Taguig City as an attraction for the holiday season.

Agrarian Reform Secretary Estrella: Mindanao Week Of Peace, Celebration Beyond Religion

The Department of Agrarian Reform took part in the Mindanao Week of Peace celebration and emphasized its significance.

Antique PWDs Assert Rights Through ‘Walk For Inclusion’

The Provincial Disability Affairs Office in Antique will hold an event called “Walk for Inclusion” to promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in society.

Entertainment

Travel

Motoring