Aside from the challenge to modernize our jeeps, another challenge that needs to be addressed is fare payments. While the Philippines pushes for cashless payments, fares for jeeps are still paid using cash. This is what startup DyipPay wants to solve.
Founded by Enrique Tan, an ex-jeepney driver, DyipPay aims to allow passengers to pay for jeep and trike (though TrikePay) fares using their phones and eWallets. Similar to the approach that most TNVS providers are doing, Tan wants to make fare collection more convenient, solving problems like not having the right amount of change for large bills.
“Binigyan ng P500 maagang maaga, alam mo naman sa jeepney meron nakalagay ‘barya lang sa umaga’. Ma solve natin ang problemang ganun,” Tan said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
Aside from solving payment woes, DyipPay also has a Local Public Transport Route Planning (LPTRP), which streamlines route planning for jeeps, helping commuters find efficient transport options. The app also has a way of letting passengers alight from the jeep with a “para!” button, where they will be automatically charged with their fare.
To make use of DyipPay’s automated fare collection system, commuters only need to scan a QR code on the jeep, input their departure point and destination, and receive the fare they will have to pay.
Tan shared with GMA News that it’s hard to get funding for DyipPay, which explains its limited rollout despite being unveiled early this year. Tan admits it’s a challenge to get funds, but remains optimistic as his solution can be a game-changer for jeepney drivers–especially with the proposed Jeepney Modernization Program where having an automated fare collection system is needed.
DyipPay has gone through the validation testing stage in select areas in Region 3.