THE Online Payment System for real property taxes in the Zamboanga City Government was formally launched on Tuesday, March 28.
The project is in support of the objectives of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for growth focusing in addressing binding constraints to achieve sustained, more inclusive economic growth.
Mayor Maria Isabelle Climaco-Salazar and Jeffrey Lehrer, Director of USAID’s Office of Economic Development and Governance, led the launching activity that highlighted by a live demonstration of online payment by a real property owner.
They were joined by Development Bank of the Philippines (DBP) executives Vice President Ricardo Josef Bandal II.
Salazar said Zamboanga City is very fortunate to be part of the USAID-SURGE program citing its strategic location that serves not only the periphery of Zamboanga Peninsula but even Basilan Sulu and Tawi-Tawi (BaSulTa) areas.
The BaSulTa areas fall within the political jurisdiction of the Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (Armm).
Salazar thanked the USAID as well as the DBP and all parties concerned for making the project possible. She said Zamboanga is a developing city and looks forward to better opportunities at improving its payment system through e-banking with the support and assistance of USAID.
Lehrer said USAID is glad to be of service to the city in line with its commitment to help cities achieve sustained and more inclusive economic growth. He likewise thanked the local government for partnering with USAID in line with its vision to bring about development and progress for the people of Zamboanga City.