Sugar agency is 2nd gov?t unit to implement e-payment scheme

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[/caption] The e-payment initiative was launched by Commissioner Ruffy Biazon of the Bureau of Customs, Landbank First Vice President Jennifer A. Tantan, and SRA administrator Gina Martin. The target date for the full implementation of the system will be on January 3, 2013, a press statement said. ?The PNSW electronic payment system aims to facilitate payment and collection of the fees and charges in securing SRA import/export permits and clearances at a tremendously reduced processing time, from a few days to just hours to a day,? Martin said. The SRA is among the first two government agencies to pilot the implementation of the e-payment under the PNSW system, together with the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC). The online payment method is expected to facilitate faster paperless transactions and cut transaction costs in securing cargo permits and clearances. Going ?electronic? will further foster greater transparency between government and private sectors, in line with the Public-Private Partnership Program, the Department of Agriculture (DA) said in a statement. ?This measure will bring about a smooth cross-border flow of goods and increase the country?s competitive advantage in the world market,? it added. According to the DA, the e-payment system is comprised of four key areas: online submission of the application form and supporting documents by the traders; online processing and approval of the applications by the government agency; electronic payment via BancNet ATM gateway; and electronic verification and tagging of import/export permit and clearances by the Bureau of Customs via the PNSW system. ]]>

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