Initial resident-beneficiaries of the Muntinlupa Care Card (MCC) Plus powered by PayMaya gather aboard the e-Jeepney where they can avail of free rides around the city by simply tapping their MCC Plus. Photo from PayMaya
[Editor's note: The following is a press release from PayMaya.]
MANILA, Philippines — To better serve the needs of its constituents, the City Government of Muntinlupa is leading the way toward building an inclusive and connected digital city as it recently deployed an upgraded version of the Muntinlupa Care Card (MCC) Plus powered by PayMaya. This makes the MCC, the country’s most advanced citizen ID card.
Through the new MCC Plus card, Muntinlupa residents will be able to easily receive cash benefits and allowances from the city government as well as use it for payments and to avail of rewards.
Beyond just promoting shopping, Muntinlupa's cashless program is a push towards ensuring true and sustainable financial inclusion at the grassroots level.
Muntinlupa City first introduced its MCC Plus card powered by PayMaya in May 2017. Now with the upgraded MCC Plus, the city government took into account the different unique needs of its constituents and deployed three variants: one for students, one for senior citizens, and one for adults and small business owners.
At least 5,000 small businesses and merchants around Muntinlupa City will be enabled to accept PayMaya QR as a payment method as part of the expanded Muntinlupa Care Card (MCC) Plus program. Photo from PayMaya
Most advanced LGU card
Aside from receiving funds into their MCC Plus cards, Muntinlupa residents will also be able to use their accounts to pay for goods and services in at least 5,000 small businesses and beneficiaries of the Joint Resources Financing Program zero-interest loan of the city. The establishments will be equipped with PayMaya QR as a payment method.
Moreover, the residents can also avail of free rides to the e-Jeepneys plying the city by simply tapping their MCC Plus cards into the terminals found inside the vehicles.
“MCC Plus is currently the most advanced citizen card because it brings so many benefits to our constituents, from availing of health services to receiving their scholarship funds, and even getting free rides around the city. This partnership with PayMaya will open a whole new world of opportunities for our constituents in the growing digital economy,” said Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime Fresnedi.
“For technology to be truly beneficial, it has to be inclusive, and we’re glad that Muntinlupa City is among the most trailblazing city governments in the country to have realized this early on. We congratulate Muntinlupa City for being one of the first, and now one of the most advanced, adopters of cashless technologies that will truly empower their citizens,” said PayMaya Philippines President and CEO Orlando B. Vea. PayMaya is the digital financial arm of PLDT and Smart’s Voyager Innovations.
Cashless convenience for citizens
All over the country, residents of cities like Balanga in Bataan, Malolos and Baliuag in Bulacan, and Malabon and Valenzuela in Metro Manila, among others, are realizing the empowering benefits of equipping their citizens with citizen ID cards that are capable of doing cashless transactions anytime, anywhere.
Aside from enabling them to transact within the city, these cards linked to their PayMaya accounts can also be used to shop online and in-store, to pay for bills, and even to buy prepaid load from all networks using the PayMaya app available at the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
Muntinlupa City Mayor Jaime R. Fresnedi (middle) uses the new Muntinlupa Care Card (MCC) Plus to pay for his purchases at the nearby Robinsons Department Store following the recent launch of the expanded program. Photo from PayMaya
Should they find a need to add money to their accounts, they may do so via the more than 20,000 Add Money touchpoints available nationwide, including Smart Padala centers, SM Business Centers, Robinsons Business Centers inside Robinsons Department Stores, 7-Eleven Outlets, Touchpay Kiosks, UnionBank ATMs, Shopwise, Wellcome, 2Go, ExpressPay, Cebuana Lhuillier, Palawan Pawnshop branches, Smart Padala centers, BDO, UnionBank Online, RCBC Online Banking, and financial institutions that are part of InstaPay, among many others.
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