THE Cebu Provincial Government will soon require residents of Cebu Province to buy “Suroy-Suroy Cards” whenever they need to pay for their fare in bus terminals.
This, after Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia signed the contract between the Province and Topline Hi-Tech Synergy Corp. to design, supply and install a centralized automated ticketing system at the Cebu South and Cebu North bus terminals.
In a press conference held at the Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, Garcia said with the signing of the contract between them and Topline, cashless transactions will start implementation on the two Provincial bus terminals by March 2021.
The signing of the contract came after Topline submitted an unsolicited proposal to the Provincial government earlier this year.
Garcia said with Topline in charge of designing, supplying and installing the centralized automated ticketing system at both terminals, commuters from Cebu Province will soon be required to acquire “Suroy-Suroy Cards” which are electronic reloadable cards that will be used for cashless transactions at both terminals.
The cards can be bought at P100 each and will have a corresponding quick response (QR) code that can be used to load money in loading stations to allow passengers to enter the terminals’ electronic gate system.
Aside from the cards, Topline will also introduce a mobile application that can be used for passengers to load their cards online.
The passenger fare will still depend on where he or she is from.
Garcia also assured that the system to be made in place at both terminals will not provide additional costs to commuters.
Garcia said: “They will be charging a minimal amount but this will be borne by the bus lines so for fares that are below P60, the convenience fee will be P150 per passenger but that is charged to the bus line not to the passenger. For fares that are above P60, the convenience fee will be P250, charged to the bus lines.”
She, however, admitted a maintenance fee will be charged by Topline during its second year of operations but will cost only about a peso regardless of the fare amount.
The bus operators are given at least 10 years to use the system in which they are required to pay a success fee of P100,000.
Topline will also be required to pay at least two percent of its overall earnings for its use of the bus terminals.
Garcia earlier announced the need for cashless transactions in Cebu’s bus terminals as a way to prevent the spread of Covid-19 in the Province. (ANV / JKV)