The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic across industries is not foreign to us all. I feels hard to believe that all us had to go through the Circuit Breaker in April last year, and in less than three short months, we’ll be counting down to 2022. In recognition of our united efforts to show our support for hawker businesses, 1.3 million Singaporean households will receive S$100 in the form of digital vouchers from the Community Development Council (CDC).
These vouchers can be used to support local hawkers and merchants. The CDC announced yesterday that five of its councils will be distributing these digital vouchers in the next few months. The CDC vouchers were first distributed by the Government in June 2021 to provide lower-income families with monetary support.
The implementation of digital vouchers instead of paper form has been well-received by hawkers, citing convenience and improved accountability.
Deputy Prime Minister Heng Swee Keat announced during his Budget 2021 speech that this scheme will be extended to 1.3 million Singaporean households. These digital vouchers aim to thank Singaporeans for their solidarity during these trying times thus far, along with showing support for the heartland merchants and local hawkers we’ve been patronising loyally thus far.
These digital vouchers will be redeemed by the hawkers via the RedeemSG Merchant App. Adopting a digital format means that the process of redemption, reimbursement and transaction between hawker and patrons will be made more seamless. Voucher ambassadors from the CDCs and SG Digital Office (SDO) will also be visiting heartland merchants and local hawkers to teach them how to use, accept, and redeem the vouchers.
The vouchers will be given in a digital form to make it easier for redemption, reimbursement, and transactions.
Voucher Ambassadors from the CDCs and SG Digital Office (SDO) will be walking around to educate heartland merchants and hawkers on using and accepting the vouchers.