Iloilo City Government’s Off-Site Payment Center will open at SM City Iloilo, Lower Ground Floor, in front of Our Home and Storyland, on February 14 at 3:30 pm.
Mayor Jerry P. Treñas initiated the digitized and convenient payment transactions established at malls to further bring the ease of doing business in the metropolis to the next level.
The payment centers cater to the renewal of business permits, assistance with the creation of Integrated Business Permits and Licensing System (iBPLS) accounts, assessment and payment for Real Property Tax (RPT), issuance of Community Tax Certificate or cedula, and other permit-related issuances including Fire Safety Inspection Certificate (FSIC), Sanitary Permit, Tourism License, Boarding House, and IGCAPP permits.
The off-site facilities earlier opened at The Atrium’s third floor, Megaworld Festive Walk Parade Building’s second floor, and Marymart Center’s second-floor food court area.
City Government continues to take initiatives to cater to the needs of the Ilonggos, bringing services accessible in malls to make transactions more efficient for the public.
“It is a good partnership with SM City because the off-site payment centers highlight the concept of public and private partnership; the public gives its services to its constituents, while the private sector also contributes, as SM provides a space free of rent, which only requires paying for the common use service area and electricity, which is a great help to the City Government,” Local Economic Development and Investment Promotion Head Velma Lao said.
“As of January 3 to 20, some 4,000 were served in the malls; the payment centers and online systems are of great help as we are making things easier for the people who cannot go to City Hall to process their papers,” she added.
The initiative aims to digitize transactions by creating a system that is connected to the database in City Hall in order to provide more accessible and convenient services to support the metropolis’ digital transformation into a smart city. (Andrea Pearl Fernandez/Iloilo City PIO)