MPT Mobility was born out of the idea of helping to elevate Filipinos’ travel experience through smart technology solutions and services. At its very core, MPT Mobility is about addressing the gaps between people and their ability to live freely—from being able to go to where they need to be, to being able to meet their needs, and getting help during emergencies.
As a key thrust in its corporate social responsibility undertakings, it is only fitting that MPT Mobility’s latest endeavor is to bridge another gap in society. A gap that is arguably the most impactful to our society’s future: students’ access to education, especially those in remote areas.
MPT Mobility looked within the MVP Group of Companies for a technology enabled solution that brings inclusive quality education to learners in geographically challenged communities. The company collaborated with PLDT and Smart for the crisis-resilient “School-in-a-Bag.”
School-in-a-Bag is a portable digital classroom that allows remote learning in last-mile schools and complements the Department of Education’s curriculum. Each package contains a laptop and 10 tablets pre-loaded with DepEd curriculum-based learning materials, a mobile Wi-Fi, and expandable storage devices. It is also inclusive of teacher training and year-long monitoring support.
“The contents of School-in-a-Bag are carefully curated to ensure that quality education and smart technology go hand-in-hand for the purpose of enriching our learners with knowledge and skills that would benefit them in the future,” MPT Mobility Director, Rodrigo Franco said of their project. “Through the School-in-a-Bag project, we hope to not only level the playing field for our learners, but also pave the way for our country’s greatest hope and future.”
Cathy Yang, FVP and Group Head of Corporate Communications at PLDT and Smart also said, “The School-in-a-Bag highlights our use of technology to ensure that no learner is left behind. PLDT and Smart are always ready to collaborate with our ‘kapatids’ to improve learning outcomes for students, as we all lend a hand in building a ‘matatag na bayan’ for all Filipinos.”
For this year’s edition, MPT Mobility chose Sto. Tomas Elementary School in Baguio City and Albert Schweitzer Familienwerk Foundation Philippines, Inc. (ASFFPI) in Cordova, Cebu as its beneficiaries.
Sto. Tomas Elementary School is located on the fringes of Baguio City, on the slopes of Mt. Sto Tomas in Benguet and serves 291 students. School officials hope for learning technology tools and resources for their learning needs.
“We [in the City of Baguio] are grateful to MPT Mobility, PLDT, and Smart for choosing Sto. Tomas Elementary School as the recipient of the School-in-a-Bag project,” Baguio City Mayor Benjie Magalong said. “This is a worthwhile initiative to enrich the quality of education in the city.”
Meanwhile, ASFFPI is a 26-year-old non-government organization that provides short- and long-term care, support, education, and other aspects of development to abandoned, neglected, abused, and exploited children and youth at their “Children’s Haven.” As of writing, ASFFPI houses 49 kids and 36 youths who are underexposed to learning materials and are challenged in meeting the expected competencies of their grade levels.
“MPT Mobility’s goal of providing access to better education through the School-in-a-Bag will surely have a significant impact on the cognitive development of our children,” Ms. Ligaya Maquiling, Executive Director of ASFFPI expressed. “With their assistance, we will achieve our goal of raising the academic performance of our children and youth by providing them with all the tools and materials needed to motivate them to engage in appropriate skills and development training.”
By providing these institutions with their own School-in-a-Bag, MPT Mobility aspires to enable students with guaranteed access to quality education through digital technology.
MPT Mobility turned over Sto. Tomas Elementary School’s and ASFFPI’s School-in-a-Bag projects during separate ceremonies held on June 22 and June 29, 2023, respectively.
Present during the turnover ceremony in Sto. Tomas Elementary School were Renée Funtanilla and Leo Gonzales, AVP for Marketing and AVP for Corporate Affairs at MPT Mobility, respectively; Stephanie Orlino (Stakeholder Management Head of PLDT-Smart), and; Mary Jane Francisco (Stakeholder Management Executive of PLDT-Smart).
The turnover ceremony in ASFFPI was attended by Allan Alfon (President and General Manager of CCLEC); Marylou Gocotano (Stakeholder Management Visayas Relations Head of Smart), Lailane Go (Regional Customer Development Senior Manager of Smart), and; MPT Mobility’s Funtanilla and Gonzales.
Representatives from the beneficiary and their local government unit were also in attendance for their respective ceremonies.
School-in-a-Bag highlights the MVP Group’s commitment to inclusive quality education through technology, content, pedagogy, and capacity-building to ensure that there is #NoLearnerLeftBehind. These initiatives also underscore the Group’s commitment to helping the Philippines achieve the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UNSDG) No. 4 on Inclusive Quality Education.
Easytrip as MPT Mobility App
As MPT Mobility helps prepare the nation for technology-driven journeys, motorists are encouraged to get their RFID stickers installed in their vehicles before September 1, 2023, in preparation for the dry run of 100% RFID lanes in select toll plazas.
“We’re laying down the foundations for the smart urban future that we’re envisioning for Filipinos,” says Jack L. Coson, President and General Manager of Easytrip. “Ultimately, we [MPT Mobility] are aiming for an elevated customer experience and hassle-free driving for Filipinos. With this new implementation, motorists will relish cashless transactions—reflecting MPT Mobility’s commitment to enhancing convenience and efficiency for all motorists.”
For New Users (Motorists without RFID/Autosweep users without Easytrip)
If you’ve yet to embrace the wonders of RFID technology, there has never been a better time to try than now. Bid farewell to the trouble of handling cash at toll booths and the inevitable long lines. By obtaining an Easytrip RFID sticker, motorists open the doors to swift and efficient passage through MPTC expressways (NLEX, SCTEX, CALAX, and CAVITEX C5 Link). No more fumbling for change—just an easy swoop through dedicated RFID lanes.
Meanwhile, for Autosweep subscribers, Autosweep RFID stickers are accepted at all MPTC expressways. All they have to do is visit any Easytrip RFID Station or caravan with their vehicle and the installed Autosweep sticker onto it. Easytrip will seamlessly integrate the Autosweep sticker, creating a unified experience across these expressways. Subscribers, however, still need to maintain and reload separate two RFID accounts. Once installation is complete, subscribers can immediately use their RFID.
What Will You Need?
To make the transition to Easytrip RFID as smooth as the journey itself, new users must prepare the following requirements before September 1, 2023:
Provide essential details including name, email address for monthly statements, mobile number for account advisories, and complete address.
Present your vehicle’s plate number or conduction number. In case these are unavailable, presenting a copy of the Official Receipt (OR) and Certificate of Registration (CR) will suffice.
Payment for Initial Load
Select your vehicle class (Class 1, 2, or 3) and load value (P100, P200, P500, P1000), making your travel-ready Easytrip RFID sticker.
Where Does It Go?
The Easytrip personnel present will help new users choose from two types of RFID stickers to best suit a vehicle’s setup, to be placed on either a headlamp or the windshield. Both offer the same seamless experience, so customers need only consider what aligns with their preferences and vehicle structure.
Where Can I Get One?
Finding a convenient location to get your Easytrip RFID sticker is effortless. Utilize Google Maps or the Easytrip Station Finder to locate an Easytrip RFID Station near you. While RFID installation is available at some toll plazas, visiting dedicated stations is recommended for swift transactions and to dodge expressway congestion.
For those ready to make the shift to RFID, NLEX toll plazas like NLEX Connector C3 Ramp, and España Toll Barrier currently offer this service. Starting September 1, 2023, however, additional toll plazas like Pulilan Northbound, Sta. Rita Northbound, San Simon Northbound, Dau Southbound, and Dolores will also facilitate Easytrip RFID installations. CALAX and C5 Link Toll Plazas will also join the RFID revolution on the same date.
Catch the RFID Caravan
Easytrip isn’t just stationary—it’s hitting the road with RFID caravans offering installation, replacement, and Autosweep enrollment services. These caravans will be stationed in malls and nearby provinces, making it even more convenient for you to get your RFID sticker. Stay in the loop by following Easytrip on Facebook, Twitter, or by joining their Viber Channel for timely announcements.
MPTC Launches Download, Drive, and Win Holiday Promo #MPTC #EasyTrip #CCLEX
Go Big with Download, Drive and Win: Get a chance to win an MG ZS when you top up your Easytrip or CCLEX RFID through the MPT DriveHub app!
The Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation (MPTC; operator of CCLEX, CAVITEX, CAVITEX C5 LINK, CALAX, NLEX, NLEX Connector, and SCTEX) and MPT Mobility launch their 2022 holiday raffle promo: Download, Drive, and Win through their latest application, MPT DriveHub.
With the holiday season now in full swing, MPTC is gearing up to give away yuletide joy and surprises to its users both old and new starting November 11. By joining the Download, Drive and Win promo, two lucky MPT DriveHub app users can drive home one of two brand-new MG ZS cars or be one of ten lucky recipients of a 100,000 Pesos cash prize.
Joining the promo and earning points are as easy as using the MPT DriveHub app! Current app users of Easytrip or CCLEX RFID are automatically in the running when they download the app via the App Store or Google Play Store. The app can be used across all MPTC expressways: CCLEX, NLEX, NLEX Connector, CALAX, SCTEX, CAVITEX, and CAVITEX C5 LINK.
Once they successfully register, all the users have to do is to earn rewards points which will be converted into raffle entries – rewards points earned will be capped at 24 points per month until January 31, 2023 and each reward point earned will be converted to an equivalent of one raffle entry.
Completing the following activities will earn MPT DriveHub users rewards points as follows:
- Downloading the MPT DriveHub app registering an account and linking their Easytrip or CCLEX RFID account = 1 point
- Referring a friend who will download the MPT DriveHub App and register an account = 5 points
- Downloaded the app and registering an account through a referral link = 1 point
- Reloading their Easytrip RFID using the MPT DriveHub app = 1 point for every P200 load . (NOTE: The Easytrip RFID load can only be used to pass the MPTC Tollways and nothing else. Nor can it be transferred or redundant. Points are non-cumulative and are counted per reload of the Easytrip RFID)
“We’re very excited for the lucky winners,” says Rodrigo E. Franco, President and CEO of the Metro Pacific Tollways Corporation. “The point of Download, Drive, and Win is to show our appreciation for our customers, and with people’s renewed enthusiasm to travel, we want to reward them in a manner befitting the holiday season.”
Those who have yet to register their vehicle can download forms on the Easytrip or CCLEX websites.
Get ready to win big with MPTC; there are many ways to earn points, from downloading the MPT DriveHub app on IOS and Google Play to referring new users. Follow MPT DriveHub on Facebook and log on to their website for updates.
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