The Cebu South Bus Terminal will soon start the installation and implementation of the centralized automated ticketing system as the Provincial Board (PB) authorized Governor Gwendolyn Garcia to enter into an agreement with the system’s technology provider.
The Board approved en masse on Monday, September 21 the resolution authorizing Garcia to “execute and sign in behalf of the Province of Cebu, a contract agreement with Topline Hi-tech and Synergy Corporation for the design, supply, installation, operation and maintenance of centralized automated ticketing system at CSBT.”
Board Member Glenn Anthony Soco, author of the approved resolution, said that implementing the ticketing system is timely now with the Covid-19 pandemic where a comfortable, safe and efficient way of distributing bus tickets and handling the riding public is needed.
"With the continued strict implementation of the health and safety protocols in the Province of Cebu, there is a need to modernize ticket purchase, passenger handling and management procedures through user-friendly technology that would help the bus terminal especially on peak hours when congestions are observed," the resolution read.
CSBT officer-in-charge Carmen Quijano said Topline President Eugene Erik Lapasaran Lim informed her on Tuesday, September 22 that they will be installing the machines soon.
She said it is best to install the machines for the automated ticketing system now as the terminal currently has lesser passenger traffic compared to the pre-Covid time.
Topline Hi-tech and Synergy Corporation is a Cebu-based company providing data management and technology solutions to their clients.
Earlier, it submitted an unsolicited proposal to the Cebu Provincial Government to design, supply, install, operate and maintain cashless fare collection at the CSBT through a centralized automated ticketing system.
On August 24, 2020, the proposal was subjected to a Swiss Challenge but no entity challenged the proposal.
Thus, upon the recommendation of the Economic Enterprise Council (ECC) through Resolution No. 2020-02, the Province of Cebu declared the Topline Hi-tech and Synergy Corporation as the winning proponent for the project. (Mylen Manto)