December 11, 2023

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The Philippines Expands Digital Payment for Insurance and Loans

Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) members had access to utilise several online banking platforms to pay non-life insurance (ONLI) premiums, insurance payments, service loans and housing loans.

GSIS members can make ONLI premium payments, relevant taxes, and levies through one of the government banks as part of the state pension fund’s ongoing endeavour to provide a better customer experience through digital platforms (LBP).

ONLI is a benefit available only to GSIS active members, retirees, pensioners, and qualified dependents, allowing them to obtain insurance protection for themselves and their property in case of an accident or unforeseen circumstance. It provides auto, fire, and personal injury insurance coverage.

“We are expanding our digital payment systems so that even ONLI policyholders have access to more secure, accessible, and user-friendly channels,” GSIS President and General Manager Wick Veloso said in a statement.

Aside from insurance payments, GSIS consumers can pay their service and housing loans online through the LandBank and Union Bank websites. Clients interested in using the online payment facility (OPF) should go to the Link.Biz Portal.

For payments made through the LandBank Link. Bank accounts from numerous appointed institutions are available through the Biz Portal via Bancnet, regarding LandBank Link. Biz Portal accounts from several bank providers. The award-winning GSIS Touch mobile app can also be used to pay off GSIS service loans.

During a recent Laging Handa Public Briefing, GSIS Senior Vice President for Visayas and Mindanao lawyer Jason Teng mentioned that they had been increasing during the pandemic their digitisation.

“We understand that practically all of our members and retirees use smartphones, which is why we established the GSIS’s mobile application,” Teng remarked, noting that the programme may be downloaded from the Apple or Google Play Stores.

Today, the GSIS official stated they had collected about US$500 million in housing and loan payments through online payment facilities.

“We have an arrangement with Bayad Centre, M. Lhuillier, and other new brands that we will reveal later. But, essentially, we are expanding the GSIS’s reach to make it easier for members to pay any of their GSIS obligations, “Teng added.

He warns GSIS active members and account holders against phishing scams and fraud, emphasising that GSIS will never call them and ask for one-time passwords and other personal information.

The Philippines has also pushed for the digitalisation of their election process in the region. The Commission on Elections (Comelec) has conducted a pilot test of the automated voting system (AES). The pilot test for the October 2023 Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan Elections was held in three barangays in Quezon City and the province of Cavite (BSKE).

With 227 clustered precincts, the three barangays have roughly 112,000 registered voters – 84,100 regular and 27,817 young voters. He stated that there would be minimal changes to the Calendar of Activities for certain barangays, such as aspirants filing Certificates of Candidacy (COCs).

“In light of the limited pilot testing of the AES in the BSKE in the specified barangays in Dasmarias City and Quezon City, the submission of COCs will be earlier due to the need to print the names of the candidates in the machine-readable official ballots,” Laudiangco explained.

Meanwhile, the election time will be the same, except for the period for submitting COCs in the pilot tested barangays, as well as the other phases (deployment, Final Testing and Sealing, and so on) inherent in the implementation of automated elections system.


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