Makati launches tech-enabled programs benefiting residents, taxpayers

CALOOCAN CITY, Jan. 3 (PIA) -- This year, the Makati City Government launched various technology-enabled programs that have benefited city residents and taxpayers since the start of the COVID-19 crisis.

Last June, the city established the Makatizen Online Assessment and Payment Portal through which residents and business owners can pay their real property and business taxes, using their smartphones or laptops. Thus, they no longer need to line up and observe physical distancing at City Hall.

Last September, Mayor Abby Binay announced the launch of the P2.5-billion Makati Assistance and Support for Businesses (MASB) Program. It aims to pump-prime the local economy and support local merchants, thus helping sustain and create jobs for residents.

Through an online portal, Makati-registered businesses can apply for grants ranging from P10,000 up to P100,000, depending on the type of business and number of employees who are Makati residents. The cash grant will be released directly to the employees and suppliers, as payment for their salaries and goods, respectively.

The city has also put up an online accreditation system for Makati-based suppliers of goods and services so they can qualify as beneficiaries of the grant through their business clients.

Through its PPP-led digital initiatives, Makatizen Card and Makatizen App, the city government was able to implement the P2.7-billion Makatulong P5K for 500K Makatizens.

The program has afforded over 400,000 residents with safe and convenient access to P5,000-financial aid via GCash to date. (PIA NCR)

Source: Philippines Information Agency (

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