February 29, 2024

Public markets in Carmona now adopt digital type of payment

By Jun Talusan

CARMONA, Cavite Mayor Dahlia Loyola on Friday led the rollout of Paleng-QR Ph Plus of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas  in South Luzon at the Carmona Public Market.

Carmona town, soon to be a city, is the first local government in Calabarzon region to adopt digital payment in its public markets.

Loyola led the ceremony along with Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) South Luzon Regional Office Director Tomas J. Cariño Jr., BSP Financial Inclusion Office Director Ellen Joyce Suficiencia, Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) 4A Assistant Regional Director Noel Bartolabac and local officials.

The Carmona mayor, BSP officials, and DILG unveiled the Paleng-QR Ph Plus QR Code, together with representatives of participating financial service providers, Landbank, and GCash.

A joint venture of the BSP and the DILG, Paleng-QR Ph Plus maximizes the use of digital payments in markets and tricycle hubs in the area.

 “Panahon na para tayo ay mag-level up. Ito po ang hinihingi ng ating panahon. At makakasiguro ho kayo na ang ibinabayad sa inyo ay safe. Ito po ay diretso sa inyong account, kaya kayo po ay ‘wag mag-alala,”  the mayor said.

Loyola made a ceremonial cashless purchase from a stall in Carmona Public Market

To encourage small business owners to register in the program, the Sangguniang Bayan of Carmona under Vice Mayor Cesar Ines Jr. passed Municipal Ordinance 06-2023, which provides a P2,000 incentive to every business that will adopt Paleng-QR Ph Plus as an alternative mode of payment.