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Senators still want cash payment toll booths despite shift to RFID system

/ 11:32 PM November 17, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Some senators on Tuesday stressed the need for a cash payment option on tollways even while a cashless system is already being enforced.

“Maybe we can put this as a caveat for the budget [bill that] they [Department of Transportation] have to maintain at least a cash booth for those toll booths,” Sen. Grace Poe said during the Senate plenary debates on the 2021 budget of the Department of Transportation (DOTr).

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“We are too confident that we can manage with no cash transactions,” she said in Filipino.

She cited possible problems with scanners in underscoring the need for a booth for cash transactions.

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“Anywhere there are unforeseen circumstances. For example, the scanner won’t work. There should be a cash booth,” she said.=

The DOTr earlier ordered tollway management to enforce a radio frequency identification (RFID) system by Dec. 1. This shift is part of efforts to minimize coronavirus transmissions.

RFID is a cashless payment scheme whereby digital data encoded in tags are captured by a reader via radio waves.

Before Poe made her proposal, Sen. Nancy Binay pointed out other countries always had an option for cash payments.

“If you go abroad, there’s always a booth for cash transactions because what if you’re a tourist? You will just rent a car and how can a rented car have an RFID sticker?” Binay said in Filipino.

“So the concept of totally cashless, I haven’t seen that in other countries,” she added.

Sen. Joel Villanueva agreed with Poe’s suggestion.

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“Two days ago, I was on the NLEX [North Luzon Expresswa]) exit…There’s only RFID, but it’s not working and we waited for quite a while,” he told his colleagues.

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