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TRIPKO transport card helps Filipinos commute safely

By using TRIPKO, the passenger just needs to tap the cash card on the TICKETKO  automated ticketing system without any contact with the conductor or driver.
By using TRIPKO, the passenger just needs to tap the cash card on the TICKETKO automated ticketing system without any contact with the conductor or driver.

With thousands going back to the workplace in the Philippines amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the commuting public has to adapt to the new normal for their protection. The Department of Transportation has released community guidelines to address this, one of which is the mandatory use of cashless payments in public transportation. This has made contactless payment technology such as the TRIPKO transport card more important than ever.

Apart from the normal challenges of using public transportation, commuters must now also practice social distancing. They also worry about interacting with other people and touching shared items such as cash. This is why more Filipinos have embraced digital amid the pandemic. TRIPKO, which works in conjunction with the TICKETKO automated ticketing system, is geographically the most widely-accepted transport card in the country today. Using the TRIPKO transport card minimizes three main contact points. This allows transport companies to better protect the commuting public and their own employees.

“With TICKETKO and the TRIPKO card, there is no need for manual tickets, no need to hold money, and no need for manual logging in each and every trip manifest. The reloadable payment card is not new to the world, but the Philippines has been lagging behind our neighboring countries. Journeytech would like to contribute to nation-building with the TRIPKO card. Contactless payment is here to stay as our technology is able to address the general need for safety, hygiene, and ultimately convenience for the commuting public,” Journeytech Marketing Director Louise Yu told Digital Life Asia.

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Embracing digital in the age of COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic has shattered many illusions and exposed the weaknesses of human society. It has also destroyed all our excuses for not embracing digital.

Our world has changed. And in the weeks since governments implemented physical distancing and lockdowns, millions have learned to adapt to a new digital lifestyle.

Some of us have been working from home for years. Well, from anywhere, actually, in my case. So we may not realize just how disruptive this has been for many people. I’ve been advocating and trying to live a digital lifestyle since the late 90s. Nicholas Negroponte’s “Being Digital“, which was published in 1995, made a big impact on me when I read it. And yet even I’m amazed by how quickly society ended up embracing digital when it was forced to do so.

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Financing on essential goods made easier via BillEase

First Digital Finance Corporation CEO Georg Steiger said the interest-free financing from BillEase will make it easier for consumers to buy essential goods
First Digital Finance Corporation CEO Georg Steiger said the interest-free financing from BillEase will make it easier for consumers to buy essential goods

Do you prefer buying essential goods online instead of going to the grocery store during the enhanced community quarantine? Now you can enjoy interest-free financing on essential goods on Lazada via BillEase.

From April 1-15, essential goods purchased on the Lazada platform and paid through BillEase will have 0% APR. Consumers will also enjoy a pay-later option of up to three months. Fintech company First Digital Finance Corporation (FDFC), which operates the digital credit app BillEase, said this interest-free financing will make it easier for consumers to buy the essential products they need amid the COVID-19 crisis. Particularly since Lazada has temporarily suspended its Cash on Delivery option to encourage cashless transactions and protect personnel and customers. Customers can avail of the limited offer here.

“We are taking extraordinary steps to alleviate consumer pain points at this difficult time,” FDFC CEO Georg Steiger said in a press statement.