\Rodrigo “Rigo” Duterte II echoed Mayor Sebastian “Baste” Duterte’s call to Dabawenyos to try transacting cash-less and use the newly-launched Paleng-QR Ph program.
“Daku ni nga higayon na makasabay ta sa mga silingan nato sa Southeast Asia. Ang ubang countries naga cash-less na ug opportunity na to ni na sugdan na sa atong dakbayan,” Rigo said.
Mayor Duterte, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) governor and Monetary Board chair Dr. Felipe Medalla, and BSP deputy governor for Regional Operations and aadvocacy Sector Bernadette Romulo-Puyat led the Davao City launching of the Paleng-QR Ph at Bankerohan Public Market on Wednesday.
In his message, Duterte urged the Dabawenyos to try using Paleng-QR Ph whenever they go to the market or ride the tricycles. He said these innovations using technology are the things that will make the lives of Dabawenyos easier.
Davao City is the first local government unit (LGU) in Mindanao that adopted the “digi-palengke” system.
The Paleng-QR Ph program, jointly developed by the BSP and the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG), aims to build the digital payments ecosystem in the country by promoting cashless payments in public markets and local transportation, particularly tricycles.
“I believe that this will bring convenience to Dabawenyos and it improve the way the people of Davao City do business,” Rigo said.
Meanwhile, Medalla is expecting that Davao City will be the launching pad for the series of launchings of the Paleng-QR ph program in Mindanao.
“Nakausap ko ang nagbebenta ng suha ang sabi niya maraming turista pero walang dalang pera buti na lang may Gmaya (Gcash and Maya) and addition to that dahil kilala na siya ng e-money company hindi lang ang pagbabayad na solve pati na yung access to credit na solve na rin. Malaking bagay ang role ng technology kasi gaano man kalayo ang kompanya kilala niya kung sino ang puwedeng pautangin,” Medalla said in an interview.
Medalla commended Davao City for setting a standard for good governance in innovation.