Mobile cash transfer system goes live in Tacloban

03 Jan 2014

A test group of more than 100 people in typhoon-ravaged Tacloban starts getting paid today through mobile phones. This money transfer system will be used for those employed in emergency clean-up schemes in the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan.


New Horizons  - Eligible participants include those enrolled in one of the cash-for-work projects operated by the Philippine Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), civil society or United Nations agencies in the areas affected by the typhoon.

Many of the beneficiaries are helping to clear rubble and municipal waste from roads, public buildings, schools, and hospitals.

This pilot mobile phone payment system is a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Land Bank of the Philippines (Land Bank), and mobile phone operator Smart Communications.  The first phase will reach 5,000 beneficiaries; the target group is of 50,000 people.

“This is a cash transfer system through cell phones that will make cash-for-work payments safer and faster,” said UNDP Associate Administrator Rebeca Grynspan,. “It will help us better assist the families affected by Typhoon Haiyan.”

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