BACOLOD Central Negros Electric Cooperative Inc. (Ceneco) and Smart Communication Inc. (Smart) signed Tuesday a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for the consumers’ payment option using Smart Money for Ceneco services.

The signing was held at Ceneco’s Board Room led by its president Edward Gasambelo, and Anna Marie Cruz, the Smart representative.

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Cruz, head of Smart Financial Services Domestic Alliance Department, said the tie-up is one of its biggest partnerships with a utility company.

Cruz likewise forecasted that Smart wanted to tap energy sources in the city that will provide convenience to the common costumers of both Ceneco and Smart.

In the MOA, Ceneco consumers can now pay their electricity bills via Smart Money, the world’s first reloadable payment card linked to a mobile phone with a Smart sim.

Through their Smart mobile phones, consumers simply have to key in the Ceneco Biller Code of 05045 and the total amount due using Smart Money’s Bills payment menu. Payment is secure, simple, and quick like sending a text message.

Cruz said a Smart Money can be acquired to any Smart wireless center at only P30.

She said they are pleased to partner with Ceneco to provide the Visayas region with a safe and speedy alternative way for bills settlement.

“Through Smart Money, its (Ceneco) consumers and personnel will enjoy the safe and secure remittance and collection of payments all via a few clicks on a Smart mobile phone,” said Cruz.

She added that it would be beneficial to the Ceneco clients for its convenience mainly for the subscribers while Ceneco could increase their collections and savings.

Gasambelo, meanwhile, said their collaboration with Smart is born out of their commitment to provide honest, efficient and prompt services to Ceneco’s costumer, noting that it’s a big help for the consumers.

Cruz said they plan to accredit all major utilities in the entire country, especially in Bacolod, which they are now also planning to tie-up with the Bacolod City Water District. (Merlinda A. Pedrosa)