Taxpayers in Cagayan de Oro City can now pay property taxes and other government fees online by accessing the online tax billing and payment system on the city government’s official website (www.cagayandeoro.gov.ph).
This newest innovation allows taxpayers with any Visa branded card to pay property taxes, building fees, traffic violation fees, and market stall rental, wherever internet connection is available. Aside from paying online, taxpayers can also view and print their tax billing as the system is capable of processing real time online tax assessment. New business permit applications and renewals can also be processed using the system. Soon, Mastercard branded cards and most Bancnet-affiliated ATM cards may also be used similarly. Globe and TM mobile subscribers can continue using their GCash to know their assessed amounts and to pay their taxes and fees from anywhere.
This innovative system is part of the city government’s move to expand its electronic payment offering for Cagayan de Oro taxpayers. It first introduced mobile payments for real property and business taxes in 2014.
“We want our constituents and taxpayers to find it easy to conduct business and pay taxes. With this new online system, they can have their taxes assessed remotely and pay for them even from the comfort of their homes or workplaces,” says Leonil Mistula, Chief of Computer Division of the City Treasurer’s Office.
Since it was launched, more and more taxpayers are using the online and mobile systems because of the convenience and cost savings that these innovations offer. Shayryl Mae Ramos, a business owner, tried the online system to renew her business permit and found it easy to use. “With this facility, I can pay my taxes and fees quickly and save time in the process.”
The United States Agency for International Development’s E-PESO Activity supported the local government in developing its program to provide electronic payment options to constituents. E-PESO helped conceptualize the online payment system, forged partnerships between the city government and appropriate payment service providers, and facilitated smooth project management, implementation and collaboration during the development phase. E-PESO Activity is working with national government agencies, local government units, and the private sector to increase adoption of e-payments and achieve inclusive economic growth.