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SOURCE: Press and Public Affairs Bureau



24 November 2022 05:00:24 PM

The House Committee on Transportation chaired by Rep. Romeo Acop (2nd District, Antipolo City) on Thursday acted on House Resolution 159, urging the Department of Transportation and its attached agencies to fast-track the implementation of the Phase 2 and 3 of the Toll Interoperability Project. Concurrently, the panel took up House Bill 1966, mandating toll operators of all major expressways in Mega Manila to establish and utilize a standard and unified electronic toll collection system in the form of a radio frequency identification (RFID). Acop stressed the importance of a unified toll collection system to help ensure a seamless and more efficient travel for Filipinos. As author of HR 159, Rep. Dean Asistio (3rd District, Caloocan City) raised that it has already been five years since the signing of the Memorandum of Agreement for Toll Collection Interoperability for the project’s implementation. DOTr Undersecretary Mark Steven Pastor expressed full support for both measures but proposed to include additional provisions on: 1) encouraging RFID registration, 2) installing automatic license plate recognition (ALPR) technology to improve RFID reading capability, and 3) providing for nationwide enforceability. Toll Regulatory Board Public Utilities Regulation Officer Patrick Ojano reported that Phase 2, which would make Easytrip readable at Autosweep tollways, is set to be implemented in January 2023. Meanwhile, the timetable for Phase 3 or the “One RFID Tag, One E-Wallet, One Account” has not yet been finalized. TRB OIC Chief Finance and Administrative Officer Josephine Turbolencia explained that among the causes of delay was the long process of RFID testing. The panel suspended deliberations awaiting other necessary information, including the results of a joint RFID testing.