|QC Government Launches Mobile Money Disbursement and Tax Payment System|
|Wednesday, 11 December 2013 13:34|
Mayor Herbert Bautista with (L-R) Globe Exchange President Mr. Paolo Baltao, USAID Deputy Assistant Administrator Mr. Greg Beck,
Quezon City government real property taxpayers, local government scholars and public school teachers will now enjoy the convenience of mobile money payments. Beginning first quarter 2014, the city’s residents can have the option of paying their real property taxes, whether quarterly or annually, through their cellphones, using the convenience of mobile money.
The city government has also contracted Globe BanKO as the conduit for disbursing the allowances and stipends of its college scholars, who no longer have to queue at city hall, just to receive these. The students began receiving their ATM cards last December 8; once activated, they will be eligible to receive these allowances thru their mobile money accounts via any of the accredited outlets (such as drug stores, pawnshops, internet cafes, gas stations, and small grocery stores), or withdraw from their ATM accounts. City-paid public school teachers will also benefit from the convenience of having their allowances disbursed through mobile money.
This is the result of the Memorandum of Understanding signed by Mayor Herbert M Bautista and U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Gloria Steele last March 25, 2013, for the “Scaling Innovations in Mobile Money” (SIMM). Through this project, USAID provided technical assistance to the City government’s local counterpart team, to create the systems for receiving, recording and reporting payments using mobile money technology.
The “Go-Live Launch” of this project took place on December 11, 2013, at Bulwagang Amoranto, Quezon City, which demonstrated the first payment by a Quezon City real property taxpayer (RPT) of her RPT dues.
This will provide added convenience to the city’s transacting public. The system will enable them to receive disbursements and pay their taxes by just using their cellular phone to receive notices of funds remitted and to authorize payments, without having to go to City Hall. It complements the governance reforms being implemented by the Bautista Administration to make transactions with the City government more constituent-friendly. The innovation is also expected to improve transparency, reduce potential leakage of government funds, as well as make a 24-hour tax and fee payment operation possible.
This innovation takes advantage of the provisions of Republic Act 8792 or the E-Commerce Act of 2000, which recognizes the use of electronic instruments for transactions. The Commission on Audit issued COA Circular 2013-007 providing guidelines for government’s use of electronic payments. The Quezon City City Council enacted Ordinance No. 2228, series of 2013, which enables Quezon City residents to pay their taxes and other fees through mobile phones. This new measure is an amendment to two other ordinances.