It is evident that new normal driving everyone to go digital. Even the Manila local government is doing what it can to protect its residents from the pandemic disease. And we are glad to hear that through the Go Manila app, Manileños don’t have to go out anymore to pay real property and business taxes!
Manila residents can now request for basic documents and transactions
According to Isko “Yorme” Moreno Domagoso, they made basic services and transactions accessible online through Go Manila App. The LGU initially launched the app in 2014 to provide real-time traffic updates within the capital city. But now, property and business taxes are going to be its primary purpose.
Users can avail of them whenever they want and wherever they are. He added, “Taxpayers do not have to be physically present at the Manila City Hall to pay their dues. This app can be accessed 24/7. As much as possible, don’t go to City Hall so we could limit the risk of exposure to COVID-19.”
Aside from convenience, Domagoso assured taxpayers of ease of use, seamless transaction, and data privacy and security when using the Go Manila app. Manileños can request basic transactions and requests such as community tax certificates, civil documents, and occupational health permits.
The Go Manila App has other services including e-wallet, prepaid load, and payment for electricity bills, water bills, cable and internet dues, and telecommunications. Domagoso even said that the app will offer more services in the future. It will also cover payment for fines from traffic violations.
Moreover, the mayor said that residents will still benefit from this system even after the government solves the crisis. He further explained, “While this app is tailored for the new normal, long-term investment din po ito. Kahit matapos ang COVID-19, pwede pa rin kayo magbayad ng tax nasaan man kayo.”
The Go Manila app is downloadable in Google Playstore or Apple App store in your mobile devices.
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Queenie Lasta got her bachelor's degree in Communications Research from UP Diliman. In her free time, she likes to read thriller novels, psychology books, and mangas. She believes in the importance of grit, hard work, and passion to become a great writer in the future.