Tagbilaran adds to Paymaya as an online payment option



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NOTE: THIS PRESS RELEASE WAS FIRST PUBLISHED IN THE PRINT SUNDAY EDITION OF BOHOL CHRONICLE.

Besides DBP, Land Bank and GCASH, the municipal treasurer now accepts payments via PayMaya. City Treasurer Mary Christine Bitoy proudly shared this new feat. Bitoy said water, business and real estate tax payments are now accepted through various online channels.

In addition, the City Accounting Office has also launched the Tracking Assistant Gateway or TAG. It is a software which allows all the services of the Town hall to follow on line the evolution of their complaints. There is no need to go to the city’s accounting office and discuss the status of claims since all the details are already displayed in the system. The IT department that carried out the program installed TAG in all the town hall offices.

The system is assigned to a focal person who is responsible for managing the application. The TAG installed in a certain office is not accessible by other offices. It is exclusive and password protected. The General Service Office (GSO) also followed suit and launched e-procurement. It is a 24/7 system that automates the preparation of purchase requisitions (PRs) for goods and allows easy tracking of PR progress. All PRs will be filed and created online by the designated Procurement Officer from the various departments and offices. Offices, through their procurement manager, can track their PR status online. The PRs will then be reviewed, printed and processed by the CGSO.

Then last June, the IT department of the town hall was also tasked with developing a contactless platform for applying for a business permit. The IT department has linked to the website where the electronic licensing platform has been placed. Customers do not need to go to the town hall to apply for or renew their business permit. The first step is to click on the e-BPLP link on the official website of the municipal government of Tagbilaran and complete the online form.

The Business Permits and Licensing Office (BPLO) assesses, validates and assesses the request. Notifications will then be sent by email or SMS whether the request is missing or approved. It is hoped that these online methods can still generate the much-needed revenue the city government needs despite limited face-to-face transactions.

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