Manila to disburse elderly, persons with disabilities’ allowances via ATM-ID cards

Katrina Domingo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Sep 17 2019 04:19 PM | Updated as of Sep 17 2019 05:53 PM

Manila Mayor Isko Moreno and PayMaya President and CEO Orlando Vea hold a mockup of the ATM-ID cards that can be used as cash cards by senior citizens, persons with disabilities and solo parents residents in the capital city on September 17, 2019. Jonathan Cellona, ABS-CBN News

MANILA - The capital city will soon distribute government identification cards that can be used as cash cards for senior citizens, persons with disabilities and solo parents, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno said Tuesday.

Their P500 monthly allowance from the city government will be disbursed through IDs that can be used to withdraw cash and pay bills online, Moreno said shortly before signing an agreement with mobile payment company PayMaya.

“Ang intensiyon namin ay ipamahagi, ibigay [ang allowance] 
(Our intent is to disburse, give the allowance) in the most convenient way of delivering social amelioration,” the mayor said.

“Ang pinakaayoko sa lahat, 'yung mahirap ka na nga, patutuluin pa ang laway mo bago ka bigyan ng tulong, pahihirapan ka pa,” he said.

(What I don't like is whetting the appetite of the poor just so they get help, or giving them a hard time.)

Automating the disbursement of allowances can also curb corruption, he said.

Cards will be distributed to around 200,000 senior citizens, PWDs and solo parents until December 2019, before the capital city begins sending funds to each account on January 2020.

PayMaya will hold seminars to teach the elderly, PWDs and solo parents how to use their new cards, PayMaya founder Orlando Vea said.

“We will take pains to really train people,” Vea told ABS-CBN News.

“They get intimidated by technology, but after that wala na... You’ll be surprised how people adapt to technology quickly,” he said.

A similar scheme has been implemented in 29 other areas including Mandaluyong, Muntinlupa and Bulacan, he said.

Allowances of senior high school and college students of the Pamantasan ng Lungsod ng Maynila and Universidad de Manila will be disbursed through a different online payment company that will soon ink a deal with the local government, Moreno said.

The allowances were mandated under a recently approved city ordinance.