DIGITAL PAYMENTS firm PayMaya Philippines, Inc. announced on Thursday that the city government of Manila has started rolling out the PayMaya citizen ID cards to its residents, including senior citizens, persons with disabilities (PWDs), and solo parents. The cards will be used for the distribution of cash benefits from the local government and residents can utilize this to purchase goods from the city-managed Kadiwa stores, which are equipped with card and QR code payment systems powered by PayMaya. Over 1,000 beneficiaries have so far received their cards. “Financial inclusion is at the heart of what we do at PayMaya. By supporting traditionally vulnerable segments like our senior citizens, PWDs, and solo parents of Manila, we are empowering them with the tools to help them improve their lives. We thank Mayor Isko (Francisco M. Domagoso) and his city council for spearheading this remarkable initiative,” PayMaya Chief Operating Officer Paolo Azzola said. — Arjay L. Balinbin