QC gov’t taps GCash for pilot-test of QR mobile payment

Globe Telecom’s e-payment solution GCash has partnered with the Quezon City government to launch a QR-based mobile payment technology in the city’s District 3.

A GCash user tries out the QR mobile payment at Ugong Norte Barangay Hall as QC mayor Herbert Bautista (left) looks on

The pilot implementation of QR payment in the district allows enables residents to pay for local government fees using the GCash mobile app.

QC mayor Herbert Bautista led the launch of the initiative, dubbed “BizTech @ D3”, at Barangay Ugong Norte in Greenmeadows, with 38 District 3 barangays in Quezon City to follow suit.

The project will enable residents to pay various barangay fees (barangay clearance, barangay ID, local certificates and permits) electronically when they scan to pay at QR codes using the GCash app.

Business establishments within the barangay can later use the scheme to promote and establish the e-payment ecosystem in the barangay.

“We’re proud that Quezon City has embraced cashless payments and understood what finance for all means for three million residents in this city. Launching the GCash QR e-payment system to settle government fees is a statement and a precedent, in which hopefully the whole of the Philippines will model after and follow,” said Anthony Thomas, president and CEO of Mynt, the Globe unit that manages GCash.

To use GCash QR, a customer with an iPhone or Android smartphone simply needs to download or update to the latest version of the GCash app — available for free on the App Store and on Google Play, register an account, and fund their GCash wallet at any of over 15,000 GCash partner outlets nationwide.

Once done, the customer just needs to tap on scan QR, point a phone’s camera at the partner’s QR code, enter the amount to pay, and confirm the payment.

Quezon City pioneered the implementation of the mobile/electronic system in the payment of real property taxes, business taxes and the issuance of electronic receipts in 2015.

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