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The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has signed three separate agreements with electronic-payment (e-payment) platforms PayMaya, GCash and Link.Biz on offering payment options for those wishing to apply for or renew their business names.

“Long queues and inefficient and slow services will soon be a thing of the past in government. At DTI, we are constantly improving our frontline services to become [on a] par with international standards. Our agreement with e-payment platforms completes our business name registration system, as we are now able to provide our citizens the convenience of having to transact with [the] DTI through their mobile phones in the comfort of their homes, or wherever they are, 24/7,” Trade Secretary Ramon Lopez said.

The partnership with these platforms — formalized at the Bureau of the Treasury in Intramuros, Manila — are part of his department’s advocacy of promoting ease of doing business in the country, he added.

The initiative is also in compliance with Republic Act 11032 or the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018, which mandates all government agencies to “develop electronic versions of licenses, clearances, permits, certifications or authorizations with the same level of authority as that of the signed hard copy, which may be printed by the applicants or requesting parties in the convenience of their offices.”

“We are proud to be pioneering e-government by being one of the first to [give to] the public the experience of an end-to-end registration and making available various online payment options such as e-wallet, online banking or credit/debit cards. Automation is key to good governance. Through automation, we will provide easier, faster and better service,” Lopez said.

PayMaya, the financial technology arm of Voyager Innovations, offers integrated consumer and merchant payment solutions. GCash is a subsidiary of Mynt, while Link.Biz is the e-payment facility of the Land Bank of the Philippines.

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Autor(en)/Author(s): Anna Leah E. Gonzales

Quelle/Source: The Manila Times, 29.09.2019

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