Thursday, January 9, 2014

DOST introduces new online payment system


By February 2014, expect the long queues for government transactions to start disappearing as PhPay – an Internet-based electronic payment facility developed by the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) – is expected to go live by that month.

This was revealed during the year-end activity of  the Integrated Government Philippines iGovPhil) Project last December 11, 2013 at Ayala Land Techno-Hub in Quezon City.

PhPay will allow the public to pay for government transactions through online delivery channels, including ATM accounts, credit cards, bank and non-bank over the counter payments, mobile wallets (SMS), mobile banking and rural banks, among others.  It is among the products and services under  iGovPhil, a joint project of DOST agencies Information and Communications Technology Office and Advanced Science and Technology Institute, which aims to make interactive, interconnected, and efficient government collaboration possible.

According to Jops Josef, project leader of PhPay, several private payment aggregator companies have offered their services for PhPay including Dragon Pay, Master Card, LBC and Rural Net.
“What it offers is convenience to citizens and government agencies. A citizen will not spend for fares or gas and parking fees, and food. Paying online will also save the citizen time for not falling in line. It also lessens the opportunity for graft and corruption as it eliminates face-to-face contact and promotes transparency on payments made to the government,” Josef said.

A convenience fee will be collected for each online, which will possibly cost around 10 to 40 pesos per transaction. (DOST)


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