The Puerto Princesa City Water District (PPCWD) celebrated its 45th anniversary on August 5, with the launch of its cashless payment system for monthly water bills.

Jenn Rausa, city water district information officer, said that this would be beneficial to the PPCWD and its customers, especially with the current quarantine restrictions.

“Nakikita natin na very convenient sa mga consumer kasi at this time, nakaraan ilang beses tayo nagkaroon ng lockdown, may mga hindi talaga makabayad. Maganda ito kahit sa bahay sila at hindi makalabas, makatanggap kami ng collection,” she said.

“Sa kanila naman na consumers ay ma-ensure nila na paid ‘yong bills nila kahit hindi sila lumabas ng bahay. Maganda rin ‘yon dahil cashless,” she added.

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Cashless payments, such as GCash, is also handy even if there is no pandemic, as it has been requested by water consumers in the past.

After it was launched on Friday morning, the PPCWD immediately began receiving payments from consumers.

“That’s a good sign for us kasi nakita natin na ang mga tao ay hinintay talaga and ang tagal na namin itong naririnig na request. Kaya lang we had to go with the process kasi,” she said.

The PPCWD was also assisted by the USAID to connect with Globe company for implementing the GCash payment.

Rausa added that PPCWD already had an online payment method a decade ago but encountered some problems with reporting.

“Ngayon naman, we coordinated with COA (Commission on Audit). Ang sabi sa amin ay ensure lang na maayos ang reporting natin,” she said.

The GCash will provide a daily report on payments received to PPCWD, while the latter will submit a monthly report to Commission on Audit.

“Ang pinaka-suggestion namin, kung may arrears, magbayad ka two days before ng disconnection mo para hindi ka maputulan,” she said.

The city water district has resumed its disconnection services after months of temporarily suspending it to consumers of Puerto Princesa.

Disconnected accounts that want to be reconnected may avail of the free reconnection fee offer of PPCWD in celebration of its 45th anniversary.

A disconnected account must pay at least 50 percent of the total unpaid bill before availing of the free reconnection provided with the sketch of the location.

Aside from GCash, the PPCWD also plans to add other cashless methods by next year, Rausa said.

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