CALOOCAN CITY – Land Bank of the Philippines (LANDBANK) forged a partnership with Caloocan City LGU to usher an efficient collection of the City’s Real Property Tax (RPT) and Quarterly Business Tax (QBT) collection through the Bank’s Link.BizPortal.
The Link.BizPortal is LANDBANK’s electronic payment facility that allows clients from both the government and private sectors to pay for products and services via the internet.
In a virtual launch held last November 24, Caloocan City Mayor Oscar Malapitan emphasized that this partnership with LANDBANK aims to streamline the payment process of government fees as part of the City’s Computerization of Revenue Generation and Financial Management System Project.
“We believe that through this project, we will be able to bring uninterrupted and timely services for the people of Caloocan City,” Malapitan said during the said virtual launch attended by more than a hundred barangay leaders of the City.
With Link.BizPortal, residents of Caloocan City can now pay their Real Property Tax and QBT (in full please) obligations at their convenience with just a few clicks on their computers or mobile devices.
Additionally, this will help decongest the foot traffic in City Hall and provide relief from the hassles of queuing and over-the-counter payments. Online payment has become essential while operating in the new normal.
“As we continue to follow social distancing requirements due to the pandemic, the LANDBANK Link.BizPortal effectively responds to the growing demand for safe and digital financial solutions,” said LANDBANK North NCR Branches Group Head Senior Vice President Marilou Villafranca.
Also present during the virtual launch of the online payment scheme was Bureau of Local Government Finance (BLGF) Executive Director Niño Raymond Alvina who expressed his support for Caloocan City’s vision to digitize the payment of government fees for the safety and convenience of its constituents.
“This is what Secretary Carlos G. Dominguez of the Department of Finance and we at BLGF have long been advocating for: For our LGUs to invest in Information Technology to make frontline services and transactions more comfortable, faster, hassle-free, and modern,” said Alvina.
The LANDBANK Link.BizPortal is the Bank’s response to the National Government’s call for a National Retail Payment System, which also supports the “eGov Pay” payment solution of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas.
As of September 2020, the Portal has already facilitated a total of 1.47 million transactions with a total volume of Php3.5 Billion, which is 26% more compared to the same period last year, from over 700 merchants nationwide that are enrolled in the system.
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