Cebuanos may now enjoy easy access services to pay their bills and utilities, receive and send money, and transact other payable and contribution without going to the city proper.
Bayad Center has recently opened a branch in Cebu City located in the Cebu City Resource Management and Development Center.
"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)," 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).
Customers shared that if there is no Bayad Center there today, they would have spent another Php200 for back and forth transportation to go to the VECO collection office in SM City Cebu where they regularly pay, adding that the transportation expenses is even bigger compared to their electric bill.
In an interview with the BARUGG News, Orlando "Orly" Palompon head of the Visayas-Mindanao operations of CIS Bayad Center, Inc. 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, Transfast, Xoom Money Transfer, iRemit, Smart Padala, and Globe GCash 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.
(Cebu City Public Information Office PIO/Greggy Jiggs P. Senados)