Sunday July 22, 2018

Council committee approves CTO online electronic system

THE Davao City Council Committee on Information Technology has approved the proposed online electronic system for the City Treasurer's Office (CTO).

The project proposed by the City Information Technology Center (CITC) was discussed in the committee hearing headed by Councilor Joanne Bonguyan last July 10.

During the hearing, CITC representatives informed the body that their office has collaborated with the Landbank of the Philippines in developing infrastructure for online payment.

As stated in the first phase of implementation, the payment will cater business taxes and payment for business and occupancy permits as these are the most "hectic" payment in the city, however, payment of the real property tax and miscellaneous fees will be included in the next phase of the implementation.

With the proposal, manual receipts from CTO are still the official receipt due to the need for the manual receipt by the Business Bureau before the issuance of the logo.

Bonguyan also urged that use of manual receipts should be retained saying that there are chances that online receipts might be altered and may become questionable.

Landbank was selected as depository bank for the online payment system by virtue of Commission on Audit order which states that collection of local government units and of government-owned and -controlled corporations shall be deposited to their respective accounts in designated Authorized Government Depository Bank (AGDB).

Bonguyan clarified that the online means of payment is not exclusive for Landbank, other AGDBs shall also enter with a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the City Government.

Concerns of reporting collections through this system were raised by CTO representatives. CITC representatives, however, clarified that the CTO will have its own system that will have the data of payments entered to its account for confirmation of payment and issuance of receipts of the payor.

The Landbank of the Philippines ensured the body that they developed the system ready with security measures and same system has never been hacked.

It was stated in the report that transactions with Landbank would cost convenience fee of P10 to P15. Other taxpayers who wish to pay through Bancnet shall pay a convenience fee of P20 as Bancnet would become third party before it will reach Landbank.

The convenience fee will be deducted from the account of the payor which will be an advantage to them instead of falling in line at CTO. Cases of fraud will be dealt by the bank and payor who committed illegal act.

PayMaya, Gcash, TAPP Commerce and others that wish to be partners with the system implementation shall enter into a MOA with an AGDB that has existing MOA with the government of Davao.

The committee report was in the agenda for the session last Tuesday, July 25, but it was not adopted, and its resolution ordinance was not discussed on second reading due to the non-quorum of lawmakers.