By Emmie V. Abadilla/Manila Bulletin
Makati expects to be the Philippines’ First Truly Connected City after yesterday’s launch of the Makatizen Card that gives its 500,000 residents access to the city government’s services.
The card, which also functions as a valid government ID card and an Automated Teller Machine (ATM) Card, can be used to transact with the city government, receive cash allowances, stipends and other cash benefits.
Residents can also use the card to pay fees and taxes, personal remittances and other financial transactions while city government employees, can use theirs to receive salaries and allowances.
The Makatizen Card is a collaboration among the city government of Makati, Globe Telecom, its subsidiary G-XChange, Inc., and iBayad Online Ventures, Inc.
Some 1,000 functioning sample cards were yesterday tested at Makati City Hall.
“It takes us a step nearer to achieving our goal of empowering everyone, including those in the marginalized sectors of society, to enjoy a better quality of life,” says Makati Mayor Abigail Binay.
Furthermore, the card’s wide range of digital and mobile services offers the people of Makati more convenient and cost-effective ways of meeting their day-to-day needs and obligations,” she added.
“We view this unsolicited project proposal from Globe, GCash, and iBayad as the springboard to transform Makati into the country’s first digital city.”
“For the Philippines to truly become a digital nation, we need to take advantage of new digital opportunities and innovations to enable growth in every corner of our country,” according to Globe President and CEO Ernest Cu.
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