The National Statistics Office (NSO) and the Social Security System (SSS) signed recently a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to build a central verification and enrollment system for the Unified Multipurpose ID (UM-ID) system. Signing on behalf of the two agencies were NSO Administrator Carmelita N. Ericta and SSS President Romulo L. Neri. Socioeconomic Planning Secretary and National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Director-General Ralph G. Recto signed as witness. The NSO is an attached agency of NEDA.
The MOU includes formulating the project implementation plan; designing the UM-ID System; preparing the bid tender documents including the functional and technical specification of the system; the bidding process and the selection of the service provider; developing and installing the system; and designing the space and the facility within the NSO premises where the system shall be installed.
The NSO will provide all the financial and other logistical resources for the project, while the SSS will be giving technical assistance, conduct the bidding process and the selection of the service provider for the project and will act as the biometric matching data center. Funding will be shouldered by the NSO at PhP650 million.
President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued Executive Order (EO) 420 in April 2005 establishing the UM-ID System which requires all government agencies, and government-owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) to streamline and harmonize their ID systems. In August 2006, the President, together with then NEDA Secretary Neri, launched the UM-ID.
On January 2008, President Arroyo signed EO 700, transferring the implementation of a unified multi-purpose ID system from NEDA to SSS The NSO, as the central verification and enrollment agency, is also tasked to assist the SSS to implement the UM-ID.