THE PROFESSIONAL Regulation Commission (PRC) has tapped PayMaya Philippines, Inc. to provide an online payment portal.

The mobile wallet arm of PLDT, Inc. said in a statement over the weekend it will begin offering its services to the professional regulator as an alternative payment option for digital transactions.

“PRC has tapped PayMaya to provide an online payment portal that is in line with the government’s thrust to simplify and make public services responsive to the needs of the Filipinos. Through PayMaya’s platform, Filipinos can now pay using their prepaid, credit, and debit cards as well as their mobile numbers linked to their PayMaya e-wallet account,” it said.

Through the partnership, PayMaya is allowing users of the PRC website to access an online checkout page to pay fees for examination, license registration, renewal of PRC cards and other certifications.

Payments may be received from debit, credit or prepaid cards or through a PayMaya e-wallet linked to a mobile number.

“This partnership with PayMaya attests to our commitment to make access to PRC services easier, more convenient, and faster for every professional,” PRC Chairman Teofilo S. Pilando Jr. was quoted as saying in the statement.

For his part, PayMaya Founder and Chief Executive Officer Orlando B. Vea said the partnership is a positive step towards helping the government digitalize operations.

“This is very timely as there is an increasing demand for digitalization in the public sector space as government agencies are now automating their processes. We’re proud to be the partner of (PRC) in enabling all kinds of digital payment acceptance that will bring ease to the Filipino people and will enhance operational efficiencies in the government,” he was quoted as saying.

PayMaya is managed by Voyager Innovations, Inc., the digital arm of PLDT backed by China’s Tencent Holdings Ltd.; US-based Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR); International Finance Corp. (IFC) and IFC Emerging Asia Fund.

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