• Cellphone cash transfer system pays Tacloban workers

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    The United Nations Development Program (UNDP) said on Sunday that a total of 100 people employed by the emergency clean-up program by the government were paid on Monday through a mobile cash transfer system.

    “This cash transfer system through cell phones that will make cash-for-work payments safer and faster. It will help us better assist the families affected by Typhoon Haiyan [Yolanda],” said Rebecca Grynspan, UNDP associate administrator.

    The mobile payment system was initiated by the partnership between the UNDP, Land Bank of the Philippines and Smart Communi-cations that would allow the employed persons of the emergency employment programs of the government to be paid through their cell phones hassle-free.

    The UNDP said that they would test pilot the cash payment system today with 100 persons, which would reach 5,000 beneficiaries by the first phase of the system, and is projected to reach a target group of 50,000 people in the long run.

    The initial 100 beneficiaries would be given new Samsung mobile phones with chargers and an initial P10 load and free SMS valid for 30 days on their SIM cards provided, as well as a LandBank ATM cash card.

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