Philippines: new ID card for Social Security System

Social Security System that manages pension funds for private sector employees will be issuing a new ID card for its members. The new ID card presented on media conference in Manila on July 18th is equipped with a magnetic stripe as well as electrionic data chip which allows for contactless, radio frequency information trasfer. Improved ID card expands its use to withdraw the funds from SSS loans and benefits at ATM locations which is expected to reduce lines in the local agencies. The new ID card is part of service access integarion program called Unified Multipurpose Identification System (UMID) which allows to access various services using the same ID card. UMID was already joined by Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG), and the Philippine Health Insurance Corp. Emilio de Quiros Jr, SSS CEO denies allegations of creating national ID card: “A national ID is something that is mandatory. We are not doing that. This is not for police work,”
Current SSS ID cards will remain functional although can be replaced for the new ones upon request. Those who want to get the new ID card have to patient. The system suffers from severe backlogs, estiomated for over 600,000. Main reason for the heavy delays was ID card printing faclity failure in April 2010. New ID card production of 5000 pieces a day will be increased to 20,000 a day and backlog is expected to be cleared in months.

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