Public utility jeepneys (PUJ) pass along Quezon Avenue. (Photo by LJ Pasion)
“Cashless payment, pare.”
One of the major takeaways the world has gotten from the COVID-19 pandemic is the importance of leveraging tech. Recognizing this, the government has been doing their part in using tech and automation to create simpler, safer, and more efficient processes. One example of this is the Department of Transport (DOTr)’s efforts to introduce an Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS), which provides a contactless payment option for public vehicle commuters.
One company that shares the same passion and drive to revolutionize local fare collection is DyipPay. DyipPay is a cashless predictive mobile app that also uses AFCS. It caters to various public utility transport groups and to Filipino commuters. Its goal is to further optimize the country’s PUV fare collection system and to help every commuter have a safe and convenient trip.
The said app streamlines the process of commuting for both PUVs and commuters. The app provides a dashboard for transport operators, which shows the different vehicle routes for each day and a holistic view of the fleet’s earnings. Meanwhile, PUV drivers can use their mobile phones to check which passengers have paid, and to know where each passenger has to be dropped off.
Similar to transport operators, you, as the user, can also see the different routes of the jeepneys near you, helping you to get on the right one as soon as possible. You can also get a better alternative to manual fare collection. Instead of the usual “paki-abot po” method of paying, simply pay for your ride through the app and even signal drivers where you need to get off using your phone. This eliminates any type of contact, and you won’t be needing to bring a card of any kind with you.
As of writing, the app has been deployed to select transport cooperatives in Region 3, mainly in Pampanga province. The company is looking to expand to other areas of the Philippines this 2022, namely Palawan, Puerto Princesa, and Cebu.