EVEN as most of the quarantine rules have been relaxed across the country, digital financial services leader PayMaya said it is safer and more efficient for Filipinos to pay their government dues online and use cashless methods, options which are already available for the convenience and safety of citizens.
Government agencies such as the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) and the Social Security System (SSS) have announced a final extension for tax filing and membership dues, respectively, until June 15, 2020.
Citizens can easily pay for their BIR and SSS dues using their PayMaya accounts from the safety and comfort of their homes. For BIR, convenience fees are waived when they pay using the Pay Bills section of the app, while they can get a chance to earn up to 100 percent cashback when they pay their fees using their PayMaya accounts via the SSS mobile app.
Helping government go digital
Aside from the BIR and SSS, PayMaya has also enabled more government agencies and units with the ability to accept card and e-wallet payments as the whole country accelerates its digital efforts in light of the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic.
These agencies and units include the Pag-Ibig Fund, the Department of Trade and Industry, the Professional Regulation Commission, the Department of Science and Technology, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the National Home Mortgage Finance Corp. and the City of Valenzuela, among others.
PayMaya has also partnered with the Department of Transportation and the Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board to equip public utility vehicles such as taxis, buses and transport network vehicle service cars with cashless payments acceptance for commuters.
“We support the government’s efforts to fast-track digitalization efforts for better delivery of public service. This is in line with increasing efficiencies in government services as the country moves towards the new normal post-pandemic. We at PayMaya are excited to work with more national government agencies and local government units towards those same goals,” said Orlando Vea, founder and chief executive officer of PayMaya.
As Filipinos’ day-to-day lives and the economy have been reshaped by the pandemic, Vea said digital payments will become commonplace across all areas of life, making it imperative for more government agencies and local government units to offer cashless means as the primary option.
In addition to convenience and safety, shifting government transactions online also helps facilitate the delivery of more efficient and transparent service to the public, as the Anti-Red Tape Authority recently pointed out. (PR)