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Paleng-QR PH+ rolls out in Carmona

June 2, 2023 Dennis Abrina 305 views

CARMONA, Cavite – The local government here, under Mayor Dahlia Loyola, led the rollout of Paleng-QR PH Plus of Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) in South Luzon at the Carmona Public Market on Friday morning, June 2, 2023.

Carmona town, soon to be a city, is the first local government unit (LGU) in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon) region to adopt digital payment in its public markets.

The ceremony was led by Mayor Loyola, BSP South Luzon Regional Office Director Tomas J. Cariño Jr., BSP Financial Inclusion Office Director Ellen Joyce Suficiencia, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 4A Assistant Regional Director Noel Bartolabac, and local officials here.

The Paleng-QR PH Plus QR Code was also inaugurated together with representatives of participating financial service providers, Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) and GCash.

A joint venture of BSP and DILG, Paleng-QR PH Plus maximizes the use of digital payments in markets and tricycle hubs in the area.

According to Loyola, “Panahon na para tayo ay mag-level up. Ito po ang hinihingi ng ating panahon. At makakasiguro ho kayo na ang ibinabayad sa inyo ay safe… Ito po ay diretso sa inyong account, kaya kayo po ay ‘wag mag-alala.”

To encourage small business owners to register in the program, the Sanguniang Bayan of Carmona under Vice Mayor Cesar Ines Jr. passed Municipal Ordinance 06-2023, which provides a P2,000-incentive to every business that will adopt Paleng-QR PH Plus as an alternative mode of payment.

Loyola said that around 10% of registered small businesses have already registered in the program before its launch, and this number is expected to rise in the coming days.