MANILA, Philippines – Light Rail Manila Corporation (LRMC), operator of LRT1, said on Friday, December 22, that ticket vending machines are expected to be compatible with the new P5 coins by March 2018.
LRMC clarified that machines have yet to be reconfigured. The corporation then advised the public to double check their P5 coins to avoid inconveniences during the holiday rush.
In the meantime, passengers may opt to purchase single journey tickets and stored value cards (SVC), or top up SVCs, through station tellers. They may also swap their new coins for old ones through the station tellers.
AF Payments Incorporated, which supplies the ticket machines and is the concessionaire of Automated Fare Collection System (AFCS), said it had started recalibrating the firmware of the machines to process the new coins.
The recalibration of the machine’s firmware will take place in Germany and is expected to take about 3 months before it can be deployed to machines.
The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) released a new P5 coin last December 1 to honor Philippine hero Andres Bonifacio. The new coin commemorated Bonifacio’s 154th birth anniversary celebrated last, November 30, as well as his 120th death anniversary last May 10. – Rappler.com