DOTr Taps GCash to Tie Up for Cashless Payments in Taxis Amid COVID-19 Crisis
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) taps the GCash online payment platform to help taxi drivers shift cashless payments during operations amid the COVID-19 crisis.
The Department of Transportation (DOTr) – Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) is now promoting cashless payments in the transportation sector, as the government implements more stringent health and safety measures amid the public health crisis.
With this partnership, the joint venture of Jack Ma’s Alipay and Globe Telecom’s Mynt, taxi drivers can accept digital payments through the revolutionary Scan to Pay (STP) via QR technology of GCash. It allows users to scene the QR codes and payment will automatically be deducted from their mobile wallet.
Because of this, there will be less contact with the passenger and taxi driver when handing out the payment. Thus, reducing the time of transaction and the chance of contracting the COVID-19, the Department of Transportation said.
Not only GCash, the government also partners with various digital payment providers to boost the use of cashless or contactless transactions. This includes, Squidpay, PayMaya and Beep, among others, based on the report of ABS-CBN News.
“Cashless and contactless payment scheme will now be part of the ‘new normal’ in the public transportation system,” Transport Secretary Arthur Tugade said.
GCash is also offering the GCash PowerPay+ solution to taxi operators. This enables companies to send out salary, allowances, and commissions via GCash to their employees or members nationwide.
The government also urges public utility vehicles who are now allowed to operate in the ease of community quarantine to include cashless payments from their strict health protocols.
“GCash strongly supports the government’s call for the use of mobile payments to lessen the risk of spreading COVID-19 through surfaces such as paper money,” GCash head of payments Jovit Bajar said.
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