The Philippine Economic Zone Authority (PEZA) has shifted to automated systems and processes in a bid to enhance the agency’s procedures and provide a more efficient service to the public.
“It is high time that PEZA’s governance adapts technology and innovations and explore digital platforms to improve good governance, transparency, ease of doing business, and accountability,” PEZA Director General Charito Plaza said.
The announcement was made by Plaza during her State of PEZA address in celebration with the agency’s 26th anniversary last Feb.24.
Plaza signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) with I-PAY MYEG PH (IPMPI) last month for the implementation of an online payment method accessible to applicant investors or current locators in ecozones.
IPMPI is an online payment gateway provider that operates and maintains an Electronic Payment Collection System (EPCS). It has the capability to integrate with PEZA’s online portal.
“The IPMPI has offered its EPCS and related services to PEZA at no cost and has also passed the PEZA accreditation process for online payment gateway providers,” Plaza shared.
The PEZA chief said the EPCS is expected to roll out 30 to 45 days after the signing of the MOA. Once enforced, it will enable clients to remit payments through various channels such as ATM (automated teller machine) accounts, credit cards, mobile wallets, and over-the-counter facilities.
This latest partnership, Plaza said, is in line with Republic Act (RA) No. 11032 or the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Services Delivery Act”, which aims to improve transaction systems and procedures in the government.
“This will improve transparency, accountability, and good governance in PEZA’s brand of service,” she added.