Finally, after years of isolation from each each other, the government agencies, namely Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philhealth, Pag-ibig, Philpost, NSO and other agencies and local GOCCs have united to come up with a unified multi-purpose ID (UMID) for us, Filipinos, in compliance with Executive Order No. 420. And “yey!”, we will be using new technology and systems (the card uses RFID technology, card readers will be used, etc!). These agencies and GOCCs will share an assigned “common reference number (CRN) per enrolled card holder.
Discussions about this started last year but of course, the conceptualization and the bidding took a while. The suppliers had to undergo the normal bidding process so as not to defy the Law of Procurement.
This was a clip from QTV on the UMID last March 2009. SSS was chosen as the lead agency since most of the card holders are members of SSS. Next on the list would be the base of card holders of the GSIS.
Last May 13, 2010, the GSIS reminded its members and pensioners to enroll now to the UMID-compliant eCard as the GSIS Wireless Automated Processing System (Gw@ps) kiosks which were also upgraded to comply with the UMID standards. The old GSIS eCards will not be compatible with the new kiosks therefore a member or pensioner must renew their card. The transactions to be done in the kiosk using the new UMID compliant eCard will allow for loan applications, online viewing of records and annual renewal of active status for pensioners. The GSIS UMID Compliant card will still function as an ATM card, a debit card, hospitalization and medicine discount card, and an education benefit card.
For more information about the new GSIS UMID compliant eCARD, click here.
What are your thoughts on this Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID)? Will it be beneficial for us, Pinoys? To end this article are videos that discuss and show the advantages of the UMID:
*Video from youtube.com uploaded by mikovalerio
This is another video which features an interview with Cesar T. Quiambao, the CEO of Stradcom (the winning bidder for the UMID System).
*Video from youtube.com uploaded by ilocanoobserver