City launch 'Bayad Center'
CEBU CITY, Philippines - Residents of this city's 36 mountain barangays will enjoy an easy access services to pay their bills and utilities, receive and send money, and transact other payable and contribution sans going to the city proper.
This as the one-stop shop "Bayad Center" was officially launched this Friday morning July 24, 2015 inside the "City Hall sa Bukid" located in the 9.2 hectare lot of the Cebu City Resource Management and Development Center (CREMDEC), along Sister Cities Drive, in Barangay Taptap this city.
"Nalipay gyod mi kay dili nami molugsong sa syudad ug mogasto pa ug plete para mobayad sa among kuryente (We are happy because we will not go to the city proper anymore and spend for transportation just to pay our electricity bill)," thus said Felix Cugay, 65, a native of barangay Taptap who was among the early birds who paid his P96 bill from the Visayan Electric Company (VECO).
Cugay further shared that if there is no Bayad Center today he would have spent another P200 for his back and forth transportation in going to the VECO collection office in SM City Cebu where he regularly pays, adding that the transportation expenses is even bigger compared to his due electric bill.
In an interview with the BARUGG News, Orlando "Orly" Palompon head of the Visayas-Mindanao operations of the "Bayad Center" underscored that, "The Cebu City Government tapped us to provide convenience sa mga tawo dinhi sa bukid nga instead of going to the city and spending for transportation to pay their bills and other transactions, karon naa na dinhi duol sa ila ang atong one-stop services."
Palompon further added that among the services they offered are payments for bills from VECO, Metropolitan Cebu Water District and various telecommunication companies, contributions and payments for Government Services such as PhilHealth, Social Security System, PAG-IBIG, National Bureau of Investigation, National Statistics Office, and remittances and payouts through MoneyGram, Xoom Money Transfer, and iRemit, among several others.
The project was made possible through the Office of the Mayor through its Barangay Affairs Unit with the support from the Association of Barangay Council (ABC), Cebu City Hillyland Management Board, Barangay Taptap Officials, and other stakeholders.
Meanwhile, the project launching highlighted the "City Hall at Your Doorstep" held in the same venue. The 22 departments from the Cebu City Government offered their free basic services which benefited the thousands of residents from the city's upland villages.
The event kicked off with a holy mass led by an Indonesian missionary priest Father Larry Sudaryanto, OAD, the Priest in charge of Barangay Lusaran this city.
Present during the activity were City Councilor Noel Wenceslao, officers and members of the ABC led by its President Phillip Zafra, personnel from the Barangay Affairs Unit led by Andy Borres and Ronnie Caminade, consultant on Barangay Affairs and Public Services former City Councilor Edwin Jagmoc, some members of the media and the general public, among others.
For the uninformed, the city government led by Mayor Michael Rama has established the "City Hall sa Bukid" which was officially opened to the public last October 25, 2013 offering primary services such as Front-line, Support, Income Generation, and Policies and Planning, among others to immediately address the concerns and needs of the city's constituents living in the upland barangays sans going to the Cebu City Hall. (Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)