City creates E-PESO team PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 08 August 2015 10:46

By JASMINE MOHAMMADSALI

To fully study and adequately provide for the effective implementation of the e-PESO project, Mayor Beng Climaco has formed a Technical Working Group (TWG) to oversee the organization and implementation of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/e-PESO project in the City.

In Executive Order BC 129-2015, the e-PESO TWG will be composed of local government heads and division chiefs, headed by the City Planning and Development Coordinator Engr. Rodrigo Sicat, and supported by the City Treasurer’s Office, City Accounting Office, City Legal Office, the Information Division, the Computer Services Division, and the Permits and Licensing Division. The Council chairmen of the committees on trade and investment and  information technology are also part of the TWG.

The USAID/e-PESO project, a project covered by the Cities Development Initiatives (CDI) agreement between USAID and the City of Zamboanga, supports the Philippines to shift from a cash-based economy to digital through the development of an efficient, transparent and inclusive e-payment ecosystem that contributes to broad-based economic growth.

It targets four areas of strategic intervention – driving transaction volume, supporting the expansion and effective management of e-payment infrastructures, improving the enabling environment for e-payment usage and building the e-payment ecosystem.

The responsibilities of the TWG include studying and reviewing all requirements for this activity, including terms of references in contracts, particularly on the obligations and benefits to the City of Zamboanga, maximizing learning and applications from resources provided by the USAID/e-PESO, providing pertinent data and information, and studying and facilitating the adoption and application of various electronic payment devices, online payment schemes and other relevant instruments of e-commerce that are permissible for government transactions to improve the provision of government services.

The TWG is likewise tasked to work with USAID/e-PESO, telecommunications and financial services providers formally engaged with the initiative, and oversee the pilot testing and full implementation of the USAID/e-PESO project in the payment of City taxes, business, and real property and the payment of new business permit applications. — Jasmine Mohammadsali