Through a partnership between the Pulilan Local Government and the U.S. Government, the residents of Pulilan, Bulacan will have the convenience of receiving salaries and paying bills by using their mobile phones.
Pulilan has been selected as a pilot area for U.S. Embassy Manila’s United States Agency for International Development’s (USAid), Scaling Innovations in Mobile Money (Simm) Project, which will enable 280 government employees to receive their salaries and more than 500 households to pay their utility bills using mobile phones.
USAid Deputy Mission Director Reed Aeschliman stated, “The U.S. Government is pleased to support Pulilan in becoming the first Local Government Unit (LGU) in the Philippines to shift to mobile money payments for payroll. This will encourage greater transparency, accountability, and efficiency in governance and enhance public service delivery to citizens.”
“This is a testament of our shared commitment to achieve broad-based and inclusive growth in the Philippines,” Mission Director Gloria D. Steele said in a message.
Pulilan Mayor Vicente Esguerra Sr. responded, “This is a milestone for Pulilan as we lead the way in making government payroll disbursement more efficient and safer, and expanding financial services that are convenient to our local residents.”
In partnership with the country’s first mobile-based savings bank, Bank of the Philippine Islands (BPI) Globe BanKO, USAid helped streamline government and business processes by automating its payroll and payment systems.
“BPI Globe BanKO is honored to be part of the pioneering efforts of the Municipality of Pulilan and USAid in introducing the mobile money payroll system to its LGU employees. We look forward to establishing the same partnership with more LGUs across the country,” said Teresita Tan, president of BPI Globe BanKO.
Through SIMM, USAid is assisting Philippine Government agencies to enable mobile money for payroll disbursement, distribution of social welfare stipends, and payment of government services including utilities, real property taxes, business permits, and other local government fees. The project is aligned with the Philippine Government’s thrust of promoting financial inclusion by expanding citizen access to formal financial services.