President Rodrigo Duterte has issued an Executive Order mandating the adoption of digital and mobile payment systems for government collections and disbursements.
Signed last May 12, EO No. 170 directs all departments, agencies and instrumentalities of the government, including state universities and colleges and government-owned or -controlled corporations (GOCC) as well as local government units (LGU) to adopt digital payments for their transactions.
"The Covid-19 pandemic has highlighted the benefits of utilizing digital payment services across various sectors, as it enabled a fast, convenient, secure and transparent mode of delivering government services and transacting businesses," part of the circular read.
EO 170 EO likewise orders covered agencies to offer a digital mode of collecting payments for taxes, fees, tolls, and other charges and impositions ensuring secure payment processing solutions to ensure that various digital payment methods are accepted.
The Department of Finance, Department of Budget and Management, Bureau of Treasury, Bureau of Internal and Revenue and Government Procurement Policy Board Technical Support Office will be the lead agencies in the implementation of the order.
NATCCO Network’s KAYA Payment App enables co-op members to make payments to government agencies such as PAGIBIG Fund and SSS.
The EO may downloaded from this link: https://www.officialgazette.gov.ph/downloads/2022/05may/202200512-EO-170-RRD.pdf
By Kristina Maralit
May 16, 2022
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