USAID cites Zambo’s role as engine of growth PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 29 August 2015 12:14

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has cited Zamboanga City for its role as engine of growth not only in Western Mindanao but the entire country as it continuously infuses resources for the implementation of projects to promote the US-Philippine partnership for growth and development.

USAID Acting Deputy Mission Director Roger Carlson, during the formal launching of the E-PESO ecosystem in City Hall Thursday afternoon said the USAID is responding and supporting the City Government’s initiatives and aligning its resources to help Zamboanga achieve a better quality of growth and become a gateway to other members countries.

Carlson said the partnership will greatly benefit the Zamboanga and its neighbouring areas and set an example and lead the way in the Philippine and in the region. “I can see that being open to technology and good governance and E-PESO is now becoming the new norm in the country and the new norm in Zamboanga City.”

E-PESO is a USAID/Philippines program supporting the objectives of the US-Philippine partnership for growth which focuses on addressing binding constraints to achieve sustained, more inclusive economic growth.  It is partnering with the Philippine government and private sector to achieve a 20-fold increase in electronic payment (e-payment) usage and supports the development of an economic infrastructure that will enable Filipinos to access new financial products that will help spur broad-based and inclusive economic development.

The formal launching of the E-PESO project spearheaded by Mayor Beng Climaco and Carlson is the initial step to the many initiatives that will result to cashless and paperless transactions in the local government.

The USAID official cited the numerous benefits that the city and the country can get out of the  E-PESO initiative among which, it will make the payment of taxes, permits and other transactions easier and more accessible to all.

“E-payments can be made right at the convenience of your home or office, saving you time from physically queuing or travelling just to settle your obligations,” he added.

The launching activity was also attended by Vice Mayor Cesar Iturralde, some members of the City Council, department heads, USAID E-PESO   Chief of Party John Owens, USAID Project Management Specialist Tess Espenilla, Paul Mason of the USAID, USAID-E-PESO team members, LGU-E-PESO team and representatives from the private sector, academe, utilities and other guests. — Sheila Covarrubias