The Quezon City government has collaborated with the League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) and Gracia Telecommunications Corp. to further enhance its digital platform in the community level amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
On Monday, Mayor Joy Belmonte, LMP president and Narvacan, Ilocos Sur Mayor Luis Chavit Singson and Gracia Telecoms president and CEO Charisse Singson will lead the launch and turn over Automated Payment Machines (APM) to selected barangays.
The APM is a joint project of the LMP and Gracia Telecoms to provide local government units (LGUs) and their constituencies a safer and more convenient payment alternative.
“Malaki ang maitutulong ng teknolohiyang hatid ng Gracia Telecoms sa paghahatid ng tulong at serbisyo sa ating mga residente, lalo na ngayong panahon ng new normal,” said Belmonte.
“Sa pamamagitan nito, mababawasan din ang face-to-face transactions sa City Hall na makapipigil sa pagkalat ng virus,” she added.
Gracia Telecoms has initially provided the local government with nine APM kiosks that will be installed in selected barangays across the city’s six districts and in strategic areas within the City Hall Complex.
Gracia Telecoms will also provide debit cards for free to residents, which they can also use to make online payments and purchases and withdraw money, among others.
According to Business Permits and Licensing Department (BPLD) head Margarita Santos, the city government plans to include Gracia Telecoms as one of its gateways for tax payments and other fees due to the city in the long run.
“We will also tap Gracia Telecoms to help in cashless transactions for upcoming programs,” she said.