Malolos City, the capital of Bulacan province, has tapped PayMaya Philippines, the country’s pioneer and leader in digital financial services, to enable its constituents with all-in-one citizen ID cards that can be used to access citizen services, pay for fees and transactions, as well as receive cash allowances and other monetary benefits from the local government.
As a start, the citizen ID cards will be available to government employees and resident beneficiaries of Malolos, including student scholars, senior citizens, single parents and persons with disabilities. Beyond helping make disbursements of allowances and financial assistance more efficient, the city is pushing for financial inclusion as it embraces the digital economy.
The city also intends to use the platform to enable the transportation and tourism sectors as it builds the whole payment ecosystem not just with cards and disbursement tools but also with payment acceptance systems.
“Our goal is to make our constituents enjoy the benefits of digital. With this all-in-one citizen card initiative powered by PayMaya, we are enabling our citizens have a better quality of life and access to the digital economy. At the same time, we are also accelerating the transformation of Malolos City as a truly digital city,” said Malolos City Mayor Christian Natividad.
“Digital opens up many opportunities especially for the unconnected, unbanked and underserved. Congratulations to Malolos City for this forward-looking initiative as it is transforming their local government, people and communities into fully equipped digital and global citizens,” said Manuel Pangilinan, chairman of PLDT Inc., Smart Communications, Voyager Innovations and PayMaya Philippines.
“Our mission is to bring the advantages of digital financial services to more institutions and their constituents. True to its pioneering spirit and historical tradition as the site of the proclamation of the first constitutional republic in Asia, Malolos City joins other digitally transformed or DX Cities as one of the early adopters of enabling payment technologies,” said Orlando Vea, president and chief executive of PayMaya Philippines.
Aside from Malolos City, PayMaya is being used by other local governments including Balanga City, Muntinlupa City, Catbalogan City and Tacloban City. It is also being used as all-in-one ID cards by schools and as disbursement cards by enterprises.
Aside from functioning as an ID and payments card, the PayMaya-enabled citizen ID card can also be used for ATM withdrawals. It can also be accepted for payments anywhere in the world – both for online and physical stores – where Visa is honored.
PayMaya-enabled cards are linked to the PayMaya wallet and anyone with a Philippine mobile number can create an account.