MANILA-- The Duty Free Philippines Corporation (DFPC) is expected to go online by end of December 2018 as the state-owned corporation signed on Wednesday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with its first official online shopping service provider, Speed Regalo.

Once the website is operational, customers who have yet arrived in the Philippines can order online and pick-up their items at the nearest Duty Free outlets at the airport.

DFPC Deputy General Manager for Operations Bernardine Belmonte said the same principles will apply to online shoppers since they cannot simply buy Duty Free products without having traveled abroad.

"But we don't need to verify their identity because they have to present themselves at the store in the presence of a Customs officer," he said after the MOA signing.

Once verification process is ironed out, Vicente Angala, DFPC Chief Operating Officer, assured they will eventually offer a delivery option.

"It took us a year to implement this, and now with the MOA signing, hopefully by first quarter of next year, the delivery will be included," he said.

The mode of payment is through major credit cards, Bancnet debit cards, PayPal, and DFPC's newest mobile payment providers AliPay and WeChat.

After the website, Speed Regalo general manager JC Medina said next in the pipeline is to put up an application for mobile users.

Belmonte said among the three suppliers involved in e-commerce the DFPC invited, Speed Regalo provided the DFPC the "best in terms of financial offer" and the "best model on how to execute our e-commerce". (PNA)