Narvacan goes hi-tech with own mobile app, debit card

VIGAN CITY — Narvacan, Ilocos Sur residents digital savvy with the recent launch of a multi-purpose card with a mobile application that takes care of everything from paying bills to transacting with the local government without leaving their homes.

As a response to the challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic forcing people to stay home, the local government of Narvacan headed by Mayor Luis “Chavit” Singson recently launched “Narvacan Ako” multipurpose card with mobile app.

Issued by Unionbank,  Narvacaneans will automatically have their own bank account with no maintaining balance or annual fees, Singson added. 

With access to any ATM worldwide, a range of transactions can be done like cash deposit and withdrawal, electricity, or water bills payment, and buy mobile load. At the same time, it is an e-wallet similar with the technology of G-Cash and Paymaya, Singson explained.

Singson announced that in Narvacan, application for permits and clearances, request for documents and payment for taxes and fees can now be processed online.

“No need for them to go out. In the comforts of their home, they can transact directly. Safe from the COVID-19,” he said.

Architect Richelle Louisse Singson-Michael, Vice-Chairperson of LCS Group of Companies explained that “Narvacan Ako” also serves as a virtual marketplace for products or services.

The local community can invest, advertise, sell, and buy physical and digital products, services, and affiliate or interact with each other which is a big help for business and tourism.

Singson envisions a digital community that can improve frontline services not only in his hometown, but the whole country.

Other local government units in the Ilocos Region have started to replicate the project, Singson bared. He urged other towns and cities, to innovate.

“Technology could make life easier and more convenient. It’s accessible, so we must grab it and maximize its full potential,” the town mayor, who was also a multi-term Ilocos Sur congressman and governor said. ●