By Enzo Luna
AF Payments Inc.’s tap-and-go payment system beep card ends 2018 on a high note having completed a series of partnerships and improved services, to make payments more convenient to the commuting public.
As of this year, there are over 5 million beep cards sold and are currently being used by commuters as payment solutions to pay for fare at elevated trains and select transportation, toll fees, as well as for purchases at select retail outlets.
“2018 has been a productive year for beep as it allowed us to form strategic alliances and establish more innovative ways to extend our service to a wider public. We look forward to expanding our network through 2019,” said Peter Maher, president and CEO of AF Payments Inc.
beep is widely used today to pay for transport services. It can be used in point-to-point (P2P) buses plying key cities in the metro, and recently, in public utility vehicles such as modern jeepneys and, e-trikes deployed in the walled city of Intramuros.
This was revealed during the Year-end Media Presentation held in Makati last November 27, 2018.
Maher also shared some of their firsts in 2018 including its first expansion outside Metro Manila. In General Santos and Cotabato already, they have their buses are now beep-powered. The beep system has recently been introduced in Mindanao via Husky Tours, which operates a fleet of buses between General Santos and Cotabato.
To top it all, they are finding more ways to load beep cards easier. You can now load your beep cards via the app, Coins.ph; loading Kiosks; Chinabank ATMs; and over-the-air (OTA) loading thru EON by Unionbank.
It was also this year, at 8-8-18 (August 8, 2018), when beep card hit its 1 billionth transaction in the light rail network (LRT 1, LRT 2, MRT 3) since inception in 2015, which demonstrated the reliability and robustness of the system.
“Transportation has been and will continue to be our core strength. The government’s focus on developing the industry for the benefit of commuters nationwide encourages us to to work harder to support Filipino commuters and transport operators,” Maher said.
In the world of retail, beep is now accepted at establishments such as Auntie Anne’s, Wendy’s, Binalot, Worship Generation and retail kiosks in train stations like Siomai House and Mr. Donut.
In a bid to develop cashless communities, beep collaborated with Property Company of Friends (PRO-FRIENDS) to offer beep-enabled resident identification cards for access to transportation to and from and within its master planned communities in Cavite — Lancaster New City and Bellefort Estates — and entry to their key facilities. In 2018, St. Jude Catholic School became the first beep-integrated educational institution with beep-enabled ID cards that allow their students to purchase cash-free from merchants inside the campus and avail of Student discounts when they ride public buses and PUVs with beep acceptance.
This year also saw the launch of the beep app, which allows cardholders to track their transactions and check load balance, a feature that has been requested by digital savvy users.
More information about beep is available at its website and official social media pages on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.