SSS to issue new identification card to members

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Saturday, July 23, 2011


A TOP official of the Social Security System (SSS) announced that the agency will soon replace the current identification cards (ID) of its members with a modern ID that would help facilitate transaction and help protect the agency from fraud.

SSS Regional Assistant Vice-President for Branch Operations Rodrigo Filoteo said they will start issuing out for free the new Unified Multi-purpose Identification system or "UMID cards" to members before the end of this month.

The new UMID card will have a magnetic strip and a contactless chip embedded that will store the card holders' personal information data, said Filoteo.

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The new card utilizes biometric technology and finger print matching to establish the identity of the card holders to be stored in the contactless chip embedded in the UMID card, Filoteo said.

He said the card, apart from being an ID, is a transaction card that will eventually enable the SSS members to withdraw benefits and other loan proceeds from automated teller machines (ATMs).

He said other government agencies such as the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), PhilHealth and Pag-Ibig have joined the UMID system allowing card members to transact business with the three agencies utilizing the same SSS UMID cards.

He debunked claims by some sectors that the UMID system is the start of a national ID system, which earlier drew adverse reaction from the public.

He said it will merely be protective measures incorporated to ensure fraud free transactions by the card holders.

Filoteo also emphasized that the issuance of the UMID card is in response to SSS President Emilio de Quiros's call at improving the basic delivery of services to its clientele as a priority program of the agency.

He said the current cards of the SSS members will still be honored when they transact business with the agency until such time when the card holders will be able to secure the UMID card.

Filoteo said replacement cards for old members who lost their ID will cost P300. (Bong Garcia)

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