09 October 2015

SBMA launches e-bills, payment system for locators

The Subic Bay Metropolitan Authority (SBMA) recently launched its electronic Billing and Payment System (e-BPS) to facilitate delivery of monthly statement of accounts (SOA) to locators and residents in the Subic Bay Freeport Zone, and remittance of payment, initially through the electronic banking services of Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP).

SBMA chairman and administrator Roberto Garcia said the SBMA e-BPS is the first such government system, and suggested other government agencies, particularly Clark Freeport Zone, and Freeport Area of Bataan, to consider adopting the same.

He said he expected the immediate deployment of the e-BPS Phase 2, which would include other payment transactions, including seaport charges and US-dollar denominated SBMA fees, and the remittance of payment through other BancNet member banks.

In lieu of the delivery of the monthly SOA, the SBMA will send email notification to locators and residents that their SOA has been posted online. With a hyperlink to the SBMA portal, locators and residents will be able to view their respective SOA, and authorize Landbank to electronically remit the payment of the outstanding amount from their account for credit to the SBMA account. Upon receipt of the electronic payment confirmation from Landbank, SBMA will update the e-BPS to reflect said statement.

The e-BPS is being implemented by the SBMA in collaboration with InterCommerce Network Services, Inc., a value-added service provider accredited by SBMA and other government trade regulatory agencies. (PortCalls.com)

At the launching ceremony of e-BPS are SBMA officials led by Chairman Roberto V. Garcia (4th from left, seated) and lawyer Ramon O. Agregado (3rd from left, seated), along with LandBank representatives, Anthon C. Ferolino (left of Garcia), Vice-President, LandBank-Central Luzon Banking Group; Sylvia C. Lim (6th from left), Asst. Vice President of LandBank Subic Branch; Frank Lopez (extreme left, seated), President of Inter Commerce Network Services; Ninna Richelle H. Veran (6th from left, standing), Head of Cash Management Solutions Department and Paul Christian C. Cortez (9th from left, standing). (AMD/MPD-SBMA)