SSS members to get multipurpose, hi-tech cards soon

By Marjorie Gorospe

QUEZON CITY, METRO MANILA--The Social Security System (SSS) has started producing a “modernized” members’ identification card that would facilitate various transactions and protect the institution from fraud.

The new Unified Multipurpose Identification System or “UMID” card has a contact-less chip and a magnetic stripe and aside from identification purposes, can be a transaction card that can eventually be used in withdrawing benefits and loan proceeds from automated teller machines, the SSS said in its website.

SSS President and Chief Executive Officer Emilio de Quiros, Jr. said the institution would start issuing the new cards free to members before the end of the month. “Members who have been waiting for their IDs after SSS card production stopped on April 2010 would be the first to get UMID cards,” the official said.

According to the SSS, its card production facility broke down in 2010 after more than 10 years in operation. It issued 11 million cards since it started production in 1998.

De Quiros said other government agencies including the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG) and Philippine Health Insurance Corporation have joined the UMID system, which means easy and convenient transactions for members.

“Other state agencies can also join the UMID, which uses biometric technology and fingerprint matching to determine a person's identity, so more people can reap its benefits,” he said.

De Quiros said card production started at 5,000 cards per day, but daily output would increase to maximum capacity of 20,000 cards so that the agency can eliminate its backlog.

“We have a backlog of about 600,000 IDs. We expect to eliminate it in two months,” he said.

De Quiros said the 11 million members who were issued IDs since 1998 can still use it in transacting with the agency, but those seeking replacement for lost IDs will be charged a replacement fee of P300.

****

loQal.ph (http://loqal.ph/ ) is a website owned and operated by Filquest Media Concepts, Inc. It works under the principle of giving voice to the voiceless, empowering Filipinos and uplifting the image of the Philippines by highlighting its unique culture. To do this, the loQal.ph team produces stories, video, photos and other multimedia content types to inspire and celebrate Filipino achievements, ideas, products and places.

Editor’s note:Yahoo Philippines encourages responsible comments that add dimension to the discussion. No bashing or hate speech, please. You can express your opinion without slamming others or making derogatory remarks.

  • Holy Week in Mt Banahaw: Mysticism meets Catholicism VERA Files - The Inbox

    Text and photos by Patricia Isabel Gloria, VERA Files Dolores, Quezon—Around this time each year, hundreds of devotees flock to Barangay Sta. Lucia in Dolores, Quezon on the slopes of Mount Banahaw to celebrate Holy Week. Here, mysticism meets Catholicism, … Continue reading → …

  • Simbang lakad for Lolo Uweng VERA Files - The Inbox
    Simbang lakad for Lolo Uweng

    By April Anne Benjamin, VERA Files San Pedro, Laguna--For 14 Maundy Thursdays now, Inding Amoranto has prayed the rosary while walking the eight-kilometer distance from her house to the Shrine of Jesus in the Holy Sepulcher in the village of … Continue reading → …

  • Batangas women bear ‘the cross’ to save loved ones VERA Files - The Inbox
    Batangas women bear ‘the cross’ to save loved ones

    Text and photos by Jane Dasal, VERA Files Nasugbu, Batangas—At the break of dawn on Good Friday, Celilia Zafra donned a black dress and shrouded her face with a black cloth. Then she walked to a place called “putol na … Continue reading → …

POLL
Loading...
Poll Choice Options