PayMaya powers e-government digital payments
March 11, 2022 8:13 p.m.
THE country’s digital transformation continues to accelerate, with none less than national government agencies and local government units leading the way in promoting ease of doing business.
Powering the e-Government with safe, accessible, and convenient payments platforms is PayMaya, the country’s only end-to-end digital financial services ecosystem enabler that serves both consumers and enterprises, whether online or on-ground.
“At PayMaya, we strongly support the government’s thrust to implement ease of doing business through the use of financial technology. Our platforms make e-government services more widely accessible to many Filipinos– whether it is via the PayMaya app, PayMaya-enabled QR PH code, any card and e-wallet through our payment gateway and payment terminals or even through our Smart Padala agents,” said Orlando Vea, PayMaya Founder and CEO.
Easier, more rewarding
PayMaya makes it easier and more rewarding for consumers to pay for government dues and social security contributions.
Citizens can avoid the lines in government offices and conduct transactions from the safety of their homes, also reducing the cost of transportation.
Work culture manager Hiedy Enriquez uses PayMaya for her government documentary needs. She recently applied for her marriage certificate online through the Philippine Statistic Authority’s (PSA) online application.
“It’s very user-friendly and convenient for me. What I like most is the immediate acknowledgment through a text message that your transaction is successful,” Enriquez said.
As a young professional trying to improve her finances, media relations specialist Pam Bareo decided to invest her earnings into PAG-IBIG’s Savings Program called MP2 last year.
“Gusto ko kasing makapag-ipon at mai-invest ang pera ko sa magandang programa katulad ng MP2. I used PayMaya for my government transactions kasi mabilis, mas mura ang fees, at kapag sinuwerte, mayroon pang-cashback! Nakakuha ako ng P200 sa una kong hulog using PayMaya sa MP2 savings ko,” Bareo said.
True to its promise of making government payments convenient, safe, and rewarding, customers who use PayMaya for the first time to settle their government fees and dues at the SSS, BIR, Pag-IBIG, PRC from February 1 to March 31, 2022 during the Bills Bayad Rewards Promo are eligible to receive a 10% cashback voucher.
Meanwhile, existing customers paying recurring fees using their PayMaya account can receive a 5% cashback voucher once a month. Repeat users can get up to a P200 cashback voucher during the promo period.
On top of the cashback rewards, customers who download and register at PayMaya and upgrade their account can also enjoy a P100 voucher when using the code “BILLSBAYAD” upon registration.
Making government services more accessible to consumers
Customers can easily access government billers via the PayMaya app. To make these services more accessible, PayMaya has equipped various government agencies with plug-and-play digital payment solutions – whether online or on-ground.
PayMaya has deployed its PayMaya Checkout, One by PayMaya, and PayMaya QR, to the government’s top two tax-collecting agencies Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR), and the Bureau of Customs (BoC).
The Social Security System (SSS) and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG)– two of the biggest social security agencies—as well as to the Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), Professional Regulation Commission (PRC), and the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) are also some of the national government agencies powered by PayMaya.
The pioneering fintech leader has long supported the digital transformation of the Philippines, relaxing the barrier to entry to digital financial services for more than 44 million Filipinos.
Its Smart Padala remittance network has over 63,000 partner agent touchpoints as last-mile digital financial hubs in grassroots communities. Its enterprise business is the largest digital payments processor for key industries in the country, including “every day” merchants such as large retail, food, gas, and e-commerce merchants.
To know more about BillsBayad Promo, visit https://pymy.co/billsbayadpromo
To learn more about PayMaya’s products and services, visit www.PayMaya.com or follow @PayMayaOfficial on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. For more information on Smart Padala, visit
Atayde bats for moratorium on student loan payments during emergencies, calamities
March 17, 2023 9:00 p.m.
STUDENTS won’t have to worry paying their loans during times of calamities and emergencies, as Quezon City first district Congressman Juan Carlos “Arjo” Atayde has introduced a moratorium on the payment of student loans administered by higher educational institutions (HEIs).
The House Bill 7279, which Atayde filed last Feb. 21, headed into its first reading six days later in the Committee on Higher and Technical Education, chaired by Baguio City Rep. Mark O. Go.
He said the bill — once it turns to a law — will halt the payment of all the fees, charges, and costs relating to student loans and technical-vocational training institutions (TVIs) or by the Unified Student Financial Assistance System for Tertiary Education (UNIFAST) during emergencies.
It will cover all students residing in areas declared to be under a state of calamity or emergency — those who are enrolled in state universities and colleges (SUCs), local universities and colleges (LUCs), private HEIs, and public and private TVIs.
“We have to find a way to help our students and their families, when natural or even these man-made calamities hit them hard. We just have to make everything easy for them including a moratorium on the payment of student loans,” Atayde said. “It is a burden on a student and their family especially in difficult times like aftermath of typhoon, fire and earthquakes, among other disasters.”
“In the order of spending, student loans will be their least priority since spending will go mostly to basic necessities for survival,” Atayde added.
The moratorium shall be effective for the duration of the state of calamity or emergency and for 30 days after its lifting. No penalties shall be collected on the deferred payments.
“To provide adequate relief and protection to our students in times of calamities and emergencies, this measure shall allow the deferral of student loan collections for a reasonable period during and after the onset of disasters.”
The Quezon City lawmaker cited also the availability of the moratorium, which shall not adversely affect the status of the students concerned with regard to their eligibility for re-enrollment on the succeeding semesters or terms, or their eligibility for graduation.
“The proposed legislation doesn’t prevent public and private HEIs from implementing more favorable forms of payment relief or assistance to students affected by disasters, prohibiting students from voluntarily waiving the moratorium on student loan payments, or availing subsidies and assistance from the government,” Atayde concluded.
ShopeePay now available as a payment method for App Store, other Apple services in PH
March 16, 2023 1:59 p.m.
Beginning today, ShopeePay, Shopee’s integrated mobile wallet, is now available as a payment method for Apple services in the Philippines. Customers can use their ShopeePay account to pay for App Store, Apple Music, Apple TV app, and iTunes Store purchases, iCloud storage and more.
The addition of ShopeePay as an Apple ID payment method offers a new way to pay for Apple services without needing a credit card and still allows for easy, secure one-tap purchasing from Apple products including iPhone, iPad and Mac.
Customers can manage their Apple ID payment information in Settings on iPhone and iPad, or on their Mac or PC.
Agatha Soh, Director at ShopeePay commented, “ShopeePay is committed to meeting the needs of users who are increasingly expecting seamless payments across all platforms. We are excited to offer ShopeePay as a convenient payment option for our customers, and expand access to digital payments, benefitting more users.”
For more information on how to add ShopeePay as a payment method, please visit https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201266 or https://shopee.ph/m/ShopeePay-Apple-ID-PH.
Be bolder, braver, more confident at SM Supermalls’ Women’s Month celebration!
March 8, 2023, 8:30 p.m.
Ladies, take center stage as SM celebrates Women Power throughout the month of March. Lots of activities both online and on-ground are in store to empower women and girls all over the country.
Join the Future of Women Global Summit
SM Supermalls will be joining UN Women in kicking off the IWD 2023 celebration through a women’s summit on March 8, at the SM Aura Premier Samsung Hall. Focusing on the future of women in ICT, the two-part event will gather young women, country leaders, policy makers, and advocates together to share perspectives and affirm their commitment to supporting digital equality for women and girls.
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Support your local Womenpreneurs
Great finds for ladies are on sale at the SM Womenpreneur Market! This pop-up of small and medium businesses owned by women for women will give you everything you need from food and beauty to wellness and fashion!
Wednesdays are for women!
Shopping on Wednesdays has become even more tempting because the Women’s Wednesday Sale is back! Achieve the glow-up you deserve with special discounts, deals, and promos on fashion, beauty, and fitness exclusively for women every Wednesday of March. So don’t hold back on your shopping; you deserve all these and more!
A beautiful treat of wellness all for you
Forda glow-up and pampering sesh tayo this month because lots of self-care deals are available at the Women’s Wellness Sale. Avail of great deals from wellness salons on facials, hair and body treatments, nail care, and massage from March 1 to March 31.
And more deals online!
Special deals are up for women via the SM Malls Online app. Get the best brand offerings every Wednesday from shoes and beauty and wellness to home and hobbies. Use the code WOMEN and get an extra 10% off, capped at 250. What’s great is that there’s no minimum purchase required!
Also, a collection of brand vouchers will be sent to all women SM Malls Online shoppers valid all month. Wait for your Beauty Pass and give yourself the retail therapy you deserve with tons of discounts, GWP deals, samplers, in-store pick up bonuses, and mystery boxes!
Plus, the SM Malls Online app will be hosting self-care sessions online. Follow SM Supermalls on social media to get a dose of starter packages, Get-Ready-With-Me routines, and beauty products that your favorite beauty experts swear by.
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Celebrate Women Power on IG!
Capture the beauty and power of women at the beautiful spots and installations all over SM. Be free to express your own uniqueness and creativity in the specially-designed selfie spaces in partnership with Selfie Studio. Don’t forget to tag us on IG!
We don’t know about you but exciting days await every SM woman. So be bolder, braver, and more confident! With these activities, you can confidently step forward in fashion, beauty, wellness, and express yourselves to make a positive impact.
Stay updated on all things women this IWD 2023 by visiting www.smsupermalls.com and following @smsupermalls on social media.