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"Prevent COVID-19 with TRIPKO!"

The COVID-19 pandemic has already affected the lives of every Filipino. While our government leaders and experts disagree on how best to confront the disease and mitigate its economic impact, there is a concurrence that we are entering a “new normal” that will continue at least until a vaccine is developed and even well beyond that. It is imperative the we re-evaluate the public transport system and shift it towards a more seamless and safer experience.

TRIPKO is one with our country in fighting the spread of COVID-19. As more people worry about catching the disease from interacting with other people and touching shared items such as cash, this contactless payment technology is more than ever a requirement in our “new normal.”

TRIPKO has identified two main contact points which can be minimized to better protect the commuting public and the transport companies’ employees themselves.

First contact point is the issuance of manual tickets. These are passed on through different channels from production, inventory, dispatch until it is issued by conductors to passengers, which will be then subject to physical check by inspectors. Furthermore, during transit these tickets are held by the transport employee, and are exposed to the elements that once contaminated, will be passed on to others. This process will be streamlined by using an automated ticketing system such as TICKETKO. This mobile POS uses thermal paper in a compartment, and sealed before use. Once a thermal ticket is printed, we know that it is new and the passenger can peel it off personally so that no interaction with the conductor or driver happens. Moreover, the TICKETKO device can be disinfected compared to paper tickets.

Second contact point is the exchange of money to pay for fare. Under the “new normal,” DOTR is already promoting the use of contactless cash cards. TRIPKO, a reloadable payment card, allows the exchange of money confined to just one location which is the loading station. By using TRIPKO, the passenger taps the cash card on to TICKETKO without any contact with the conductor or driver. Simply put, passengers just need to LOAD, TAP, and RELAX each trip.

Lastly, contact tracing is also easy because each TRIPKO cardholder is asked to register his/her card so that each time passenger taps the card, we have a record of who are inside the public vehicle.

On a financial perspective, using both TICKETKO and TRIPKO will definitely improve transport companies’ operational efficiency which then brings down expenses and contribute to overall profitability.

For inquiries, please call Donavan Yu of Journeytech Inc. at 0918-888-3114.


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