COMMUTERS can now buy beep-stored value cards through online selling platforms like Lazada, Shopee and Facebook Marketplace amid the shortage of cards for sale in various train stations.

A beep card may be used in LRT-1, LRT-2, MRT-3, select buses, modern PUVs, Cebu Ferries, and select retail merchants.

“We have previously reallocated stocks to the rails and continuously work with our partners to address public demand for beep™ cards. At the same time, we also need to cater to customers who use our payment solution off-rails and, more importantly, address the increasing cases of fraud among unofficial online sellers, thus the launch of our stores in top e-commerce platforms Lazada, Shopee, and Facebook Marketplace. We thank the public for understanding and bearing with us as we tirelessly work to resolve the issues surrounding the supply of beep™ cards and innovate further to find better solutions,” said Sharon Fong, chief commercial officer of AF Payments Inc., (AFPI) in a statement.

Beep cards sold at rail stations are priced lower as they are subsidized by AFPI and the Philippine Government under a signed concession agreement in 2016.

AFPI advised commuters that since online stores and other non-rail sectors are not covered by the agreement, prices differ. For the beep™ official online stores (Lazada, Shopee, Facebook Marketplace), the suggested retail price is P188, plus shipping fees.

Beep cards may also be reloaded online in the beep™ app—through select smartphones’ Near-field communication feature—and via digital banking and e-wallet partners, including GCash, Maya, Bank of the Philippine Islands, Share Treats, ShopeePay, Venio, Chinabank, LandbankPay, JustPay.to/, Gateway Mobile, Posible, and Payloro. (KOC WITH PR)