Electronic Payment and Collection System (EPCS)

From Digital Filipino:

The Department of Trade and Industry and Department of Finance Joint Administrative Order #2: Guidelines implementing R.A.8792 on Electronic Payment and Collection System (EPCS) in Government was just signed last October 25, 2006. This will take effect upon publication this November.

The guideline provides a transparent process that all revenue collecting agencies of the government, local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, state colleges and universities can take to enable acceptance of electronic payment (credit card, mobile payments, e-banking, among others). The Commission on Audit is also expected to release government audit guidelines in this regard.

Kudos to the DTI, DOF, Bureau of Treasury, and EPCS TWG for their hard work in making this a reality.

The creation of this guideline was asked by the Congressional Oversight Committee for the E-Commerce Law (COCEC) last year. The body is chaired by Senator MAR Roxas and Congressman Junie Cua. It was seen as a necessity to push for compliance by government agencies to Republic Act 8792 or the E-Commerce Law.

An electronic copy can be downloaded at

This is the 4th guideline pushed by the COCEC that got enacted this year.

1. Financing for Information Technology Build-Up (SME-FIT)

2. DTI Administrative Order #8: Prescribing Guidelines for the Protection of Personal Data in Information and Communication Systems in the Private Sector (PDF file)

3. Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Circular No. 542: Consumer Protection for Electronic Banking

4. DTI-DOF Joint Administrative Order #2: Guidelines Implementing R.A. 8792 on Electronic Payment and Collection System (EPCS) in Government

Downloadable at

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Paypal now open for Philippine Users

We got the scoop from an email from Philippine Internet Review blog , courtesy of Ms Janette Toral:

“A few days ago, I was chatting with a friend about this expected development – of an upgrade in Paypal.com that will include accepting new accounts from the Philippines.

Actually, it was just a matter of time and no lobbying influenced it – it is more of a practical decision for Paypal. Today though, the facility is limited to sending of money overseas, not acceptance.”

Araw Values Award

The Advertising Foundation of the Philippines, in collaboration with the ADBOARD, presents the 2006 ARAW Values Advertising (AVA) Awards, the biennial awards program honoring the most outstanding works in the advertising industry that help promote and communicate Filipino values.

Focused on its objective of recognizing advertising that promotes values, the ARAW Values Advertising Awards program is founded on seven (7) Cornerstone Values:

Love of God and respect for religious beliefs
Commitment to truth, honesty and justice
Love of country and respect for national customs and traditions
Reverence for family unity and the inviolability of marriage
Respect and care for human life and dignity and the rights of all
Respect for law and authority and the promotion of self-discipline
Concern for and preservation of environment