Chavit commits to bring e-transaction to remote Ilocos villages

BAGUIO CITY — Electronic transactions will soon be commonplace all over Ilocos Sur, even in the remotest villages, claimed League of Municipalities of the Philippines (LMP) national chairman Luis “Chavit” Singson during the launching of the “Gracia Money Padala and Automated Payment” program in his hometown Narvacan, Ilocos Sur on August 25.

With the launching of the e-transaction program, Narvacan town folks are now enjoying electronic transactions with the “Gracia Telecom Machine Kiosk”.

A joint effort between Gracia Telecom Inc. and LMP, the Gracia Kiosk offers an array of services including money remittance, e-load transaction, money deposit, withdrawal and money transfer.

According to Singson, the program includes the distribution of two cards— a Visa debit card and a multi-purpose card. The multi-purpose card can be used to avail loans so that people need not go to loan-sharks.

“These will be given out for free without them going to the bank, to help the poorest of the poor,” Mayor Singson explained.

Singson promised other towns of Ilocos Sur will soon have their Gracia machines in the coming months. Two Gracia machines are planned to be installed in each town, possibly at the public markets, malls, or schools, he said.

Even in upland municipalities, the machine supposedly will work as it comes with a satellite capability that operates 24/7, according to Singson.

Those coming from the upland areas will not have to go to Candon City, Ilocos Sur just to deposit, withdraw or send remittances, Singson beamed.

Singson said that the machine is a big help especially in a time of pandemic where there are restrictions of movements.  

The LMP-Gracia Telecom program will also roll out Automated Payment Machines (APMs) in Metro Manila including big barangays and high-density areas, Singson said. ●