20 November 2020, MANILA, Philippines, — In its thrust to provide a convenient and reliable service to passengers traveling through the LRT-1 network, the Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC) has announced a new partnership with outsourced payment collection pioneer, Bayad Center.
Under this partnership, bills payment is made easier and more accessible for LRT-1 commuters with over 300 types of bills accepted from utilities, telecommunications and cable, government contributions and loan payments, travel, and airline ticketing companies. LRT-1 Balintawak station is the pilot site for the Bayad Center sa LRT-1. A ticket booth will be transformed into a Bayad Center lane where commuters can pay their bills. The Bayad Center sa LRT-1 at Balintawak Station will be open to the public by December 2020. Bill payments can be made daily from 6AM to 7PM, and only cash payments will be accepted for the meantime.
LRMC and Bayad Center made their partnership official in a virtual signing ceremony of its Memorandum of Agreement on 18 November 2020.
“We, at LRMC, are in the business of not only bringing people to their destinations, but also fulfilling our service promise of knowing what people need and connecting them to their needs through reliable, comfortable, and convenient transport system. We are glad to finally launch this initiative as it is in line with our goal is to make the LRT-1 network a one-stop shop for our commuters’ needs—not just their need to travel through Metro Manila,” said LRMC President and CEO Juan F. Alfonso.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with LRMC in providing a more convenient payment option to our Filipino commuters. As we add more and more payment touchpoints for the public, this ultimately helps by lessening one’s visit to several establishments for errands, minimizing the risk of virus contact. At this point, health is of utmost importance. We are glad that LRMC is one with us in this initiative of providing convenience and protection, especially in these trying times. We look forward to scaling this up in all our train stations soon, as Bayad Center remains committed to making payments easier and safe for our hardworking Filipinos,” said Lawrence Y. Ferrer, CEO and President of Bayad Center.
Future plans include the roll-out of Bayad Center sa LRT-1 in other major stations such as EDSA, Gil Puyat, and Doroteo Jose, as well as stations close to residential areas.
LRMC is a joint venture company of Metro Pacific Investments Corporation and Sumitomo Corporation’s Metro Pacific Light Rail Corporation (MPLRC), Ayala Corporation’s AC Infrastructure Holdings Corporation (AC Infra), and the Philippine Investment Alliance for Infrastructure’s Macquarie Infrastructure Holdings (Philippines) PTE Ltd. (MIHPL). It assumed operations and maintenance of LRT-1 in September 2015 through a PHP 65-billion 32-year concession agreement with the Department of Transportation and the Light Rail Transit Authority (LRTA). LRT-1 is Metro Manila’s ISO-certified train system.