Building Digital Cities and Beyond: PayMaya ushers in cashless ecosystems for LGUs

May 30, 2017 7:35:25 PM• #INCLUSIVETECH

By Voyager Innovations
The City Governments of Balanga, Catbalogan, Malolos, and Muntinlupa are now onboard for the cashless revolution.

PayMaya Philippines, the country’s pioneer and leader in digital financial services, is enabling the cashless ecosystems of cities and other local government units in support of the country’s digital transformation.

Cities such as Balanga, Catbalogan, Malolos, and Muntinlupa have made the step towards cashless economies through PayMaya cards for citizens, digital disbursement of financial support and grants, and payment acceptance for government services.

Complementing PayMaya’s services are platforms for eCommerce, access, and next communications from Voyager Innovations together with the most extensive network and services from PLDT and Smart Communications.

"Digital presents a wealth of opportunities, equipping citizens with highly intuitive tools for transacting online. I congratulate our partner LGUs for their smart city initiatives that are transforming people and communities into highly evolved digital and global citizens."

– Manny V. Pangilinan, Chairman of PLDT, Smart, and Voyager Innovations.

In Central Luzon, first to sign up last year was Balanga City, with Malolos City as the most recent partner to provide PayMaya cards to their employees and citizen beneficiaries.

“We are excited to further harness the power of e-payments and commerce with PayMaya so our citizens can enjoy the benefits of digital and to help us achieve our city's vision of being University Town 2020: The Emerging Hub for Knowledge-based Businesses in the Philippines,” said Hon. Francis Anthony Garcia, City Mayor of Balanga.

"Through the strategic partnership with PayMaya, the City of Malolos is ready to get full speed ahead and progress towards becoming a cash-lite city," added Hon. Christian Natividad, City Mayor of Malolos.

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Present during the partnership event were (from left to right): Cris Tagle, Enterprise Lead Supervisor, PayMaya Philippines; Mao Agbuya, Lingkod Muntinlupa Foundation Administrative Manager; Gem Simbulan, Lingkod Muntinlupa Foundation Consultant; Benjamin Fernandez, Chief Product Officer, PayMaya Philippines and COO, Voyager Innovations; Atty. Jaime Fresnedi, Mayor, City Government of Muntinlupa; Grace Salvador, Lingkod Muntinlupa Foundation Program Director; Tisha Quinitio, Enterprise Manager, PayMaya Philippines; KC Munsayac, Enterprise Officer, PayMaya Philippines; and, Dr. Nick Echavez, representing Ospital ng Muntinlupa.

Meanwhile, in Muntinlupa City, citizens who are recipients of Care Cards from the Lingkod Muntinlupa Foundation, are now able to receive financial assistance and benefits through their PayMaya cards, eradicating the manual process of cash distribution to communities and schools, which generates risk and inconvenience. Muntinlupa Care Cards will soon be converted into two-in-one PayMaya payment/ID cards, equipping citizens with one card that they can conveniently carry and use anytime, anywhere.

“Digital transformation is the mark of a progressive nation and we are glad that we partnered with PayMaya to modernize the distribution of our citizen services,” said Hon. Jaime Fresnedi, Mayor of Muntinlupa City.

For the Visayas region, Catbalogan citizens are now looking forward to experiencing the power of digital payments with their PayMaya cards.  

"We are glad to embrace digital transformation with PayMaya as our step towards becoming a smart city and building a cashless ecosystem," said Hon. Stephany Uy-Tan, City Mayor of Catbalogan.

Aside from being channels for more efficient disbursements and payments for government services, PayMaya cardholders can also use their physical card for groceries, drug stores, transport systems, shopping centers, and at any establishment that accepts card payments here and abroad.

Through their PayMaya app, they can enjoy a safer and easier way to pay for online transactions. They can monitor their account balance, purchase discounted prepaid telco load and data, and pay bills using the app, which can be downloaded and connected to their physical PayMaya cards.

Upgraded account holders can use their PayMaya app to send money to family and loved ones just with a few taps on their mobile phone.

“Digital transformation paves the road for LGUs to accelerate their development and improve the quality of life of citizens. We are thrilled to empower more government partners through digital financial services."

– Orlando Vea, President and CEO of PayMaya Philippines and Voyager Innovations

Reloading PayMaya is easy with its over 15,000 top up stations nationwide, which include SM Business Centers, Robinsons Department Stores, 7-Eleven with Cliqq Kiosks, Petron stations along NLEX, Ministop with Touchpay Kiosks, UnionBank ATMs, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go outlets, Smart Padala centers, Palawan Pawnshop, and online banking via BDO.

PayMaya Philippines, Inc. is the digital financial services arm of PLDT and Smart’s Voyager Innovations. It is regulated by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas. PayMaya also powers Smart Money, Smart Padala, PayMaya Business, and Smart Mastercard.

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Citizens of Muntinlupa received their personalized PayMaya cards where their financial assistance and other applicable benefits are now automatically disbursed under the Care Card program of the Lingkod Muntinlupa Foundation.
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The City Government of Malolos, Bulacan headed by its Mayor Hon. Christian Natividad (third from left) has signed up with PayMaya Philippines to roll up plans for its digital transformation.
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The City Government of Catbalogan, Samar with its Mayor Hon. Stephany Uy-Tan (center) selected PayMaya Philippines and is excited with the great possibilities of digital financial innovations.

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