The San Juan City local government and Starpay Corporation inked a partnership aimed at bringing a more convenient process in business permit transactions as part of the city’s goal to become a “Smart City” amid the threat of the Covid-19 pandemic.
According to the city government, the partnership between Starpay and the San Juan Business Permit and Licensing Office (BLPO) allows residents and entrepreneurs to conveniently process their business permits anytime and anywhere without visiting the LGU’s physical office.
“The official tie-up between San Juan and Starpay for the digitalization of our Business Permit and Licensing Office will allow our investors [and] our business sector to process payments on time and online,” San Juan City Mayor Francis Zamora said.
City Administrator Atty. Dennis Pamintuan said that since 2019, it has been the thrust of the Zamora administration to digitalize San Juan and these efforts would help in the fight against corruption.
“Starpay is committed to supporting the government and LGUs,” Richard Rosettes, Starpay operations head, said.
“We have been helping our fellow Filipinos during the pandemic through the efficient delivery of financial support. We intend to continue assisting the government and even private institutions in delivering reliable digital services,” he added.
Present during the signing of the partnership were Starpay Chief Financial officer Ulysses Lao, Corporate Secretary Atty. Philip Co Jr., Director Ryan Uy, and San Juan city officials.
They said the new system brought about by the partnership allows those applying for business permits to log in to the LGU’s e-service portal, fill up the form, and attach all required scanned documents.
The BPLO office will then conduct the assessment and once approved, applicants will receive an email which includes the online payment procedure.
Applicants will receive a Starpay QR code which can be scanned with the Starpay application. Users can also use a compatible QRPH-compliant application to settle payments.
The app is equipped with an interoperable QRPH standard so even non-Starpay users can settle their payments by simply scanning the Starpay QR code.