Mastercard and Beep™ enter into strategic partnership to bring contactless payments to public transportation in the Philippines

February 2, 2024 | Manila, Philippines
  • First international payment network to enable ‘tap & go’ on public transport in the Philippines
  • Mastercard prepaid, debit and credit cards will soon be accepted for contactless payments in the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 and buses in Metro Manila.

Mastercard and AF Payments, Inc. (AFPI), the company behind Beep™ cards, have announced a strategic partnership to enable contactless acceptance of Mastercard cards in the Metro Rail Transit Line 3 (MRT-3 Line) and buses for the first time in the Philippines.

In support of the government’s goal to accelerate the digitization of payments, and in line with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ Digital Payments Transformation Roadmap, the ‘Mastercard-Beep EMV Contactless Acceptance in Transport Partnership’ aims to broaden contactless acceptance in the Philippines. This initiative will bring greater convenience to the consumer commuting experience, simplifying access and enabling travelers to tap-in and tap-out with their Mastercard card.

Powered by Mastercard’s world-class payments technology, cardholders will be able to tap their prepaid, debit, or credit Mastercard cards on public transport without the need to purchase separate tickets for entry.

Under the partnership, the two parties have agreed to collaborate on a pilot program, to be rolled out in phases across MRT stations and BGC and EDSA buses, with the intention to scale contactless payments acceptance across ferries and other modes of transportation in the future, and eventually across the country. The program will be exclusively used in Beep’s network and will introduce and expand open loop transit payments powered by Mastercard Gateway. Dates for the pilot program rollout will be announced in phases later this year.

JJ Moreno, President and Chief Executive Officer, Beep said that the partnership will give way for more Filipinos to experience convenience in public transport through a seamless payments experience. “This is expected to benefit millions of Filipino commuters in Metro Manila, enhancing smart mobility through initiatives that bring our transit systems in line with global transport standards. We are excited to collaborate with Mastercard to boost the acceptance of contactless payments in transport and further improve commuters’ payments experiences.”

“Mastercard's mission is to power a digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere, by making payments safe, simple, smart, and accessible. This partnership with Beep will help enhance the commuting experience for all Mastercard cardholders. From reducing queues at peak hours, to removing the need to carry multiple transit tickets or cash, cardholders will be able to use the same payment methods they already use for everyday spending,” said Simon Calasanz, Country Manager, Philippines, Mastercard. “What’s more, it also supports the government’s goal of driving financial and digital inclusion—improving the delivery of public services through innovative payment technologies,” Calasanz added.

Mastercard has enabled the Open Loop Transit systems in several major cities around the world such as London, Sydney, and Singapore.

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Media Contacts

Ilona-Jade Errington, Mastercard

About AF Payments, Inc. (BEEP)

AF Payments Inc. is the leading provider of contactless payment solutions in the Philippines. Through its flagship product, the beep™ card, it is revolutionizing the way people pay for their everyday transactions, making it faster, more convenient, and secure. AF Payments, Inc. is a consortium of Metro Pacific Investments Corp. (MPIC) and Ayala Corp.

About Mastercard (NYSE: MA)

Mastercard is a global technology company in the payments industry. Our mission is to connect and power an inclusive, digital economy that benefits everyone, everywhere by making transactions safe, simple, smart and accessible. Using secure data and networks, partnerships and passion, our innovations and solutions help individuals, financial institutions, governments and businesses realize their greatest potential. With connections across more than 210 countries and territories, we are building a sustainable world that unlocks priceless possibilities for all.