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Globe-led e-wallet tapped for national ID verification

Ehda M. Dagooc - The Freeman

CEBU, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) have tapped eWallet provider GCash as a pilot testing partner for its National ID eVerify platform.

This aligns with a shared mission to promote financial inclusion in the Philippines. The initiative also aims to provide a secure and seamless way for government agencies to private sector partners to authenticate their customers’ identities.

“The Philippine Statistics Authority remains steadfast in its goal to register all Filipinos within the National ID system, ensuring our unwavering commitment to providing a unified National identification system to all our kababayans,” said PSA undersecretary and National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Dennis Mapa.

David Almirol Jr., DICT’s Undersecretary for e-Government, said that GCash’s vital participation in the pilot tests will lead to more efficient and responsive systems.

“The National eVerify will streamline and improve how we do things in the government. This will amplify and simplify private and government consumption. If we are able to implement this well with the help of both the private and government sectors, the digital transformation in the Philippines will come to fruition. Efficient services shall be delivered to the Filipino people. No long queues in government offices. Filipinos can now process documents and apply private and government services in the comfort of their homes,” said Almirol.

Frederick D. Go, Secretary and Special Assistant to the President for Investment and Economic Affairs (SAPIEA), also noted that this initiative is just the beginning of its strategic partnership with PSA, DICT, and GCash, as they share the goal of providing vital assistance to the country’s most vulnerable communities.

“The digital National ID is a beacon of hope - a reminder that even the most ambitious dreams can become reality when we work together towards a common goal,” Go said.

For financial institutions like GCash, this platform can facilitate a faster and more secure know-your-customer (KYC) process. It provides a reliable method for verifying the identity of potential customers, allowing individuals to provide fewer physical requirements and speed up their account opening process.

With National ID eVerify, organizations can better avoid document fraud and ensure that the civil registry documents presented by individuals are genuine and issued by the PSA.

“At GCash, trust and security are at the core of our work for our customers. When we secure our services through a centralized authentication process, we can ensure the legitimacy of all our users through the National ID. We are better positioned to foster financial inclusion for more Filipinos when we have safer financial platforms,” explained Ren-Ren Reyes, president and CEO of GCash mobile wallet operator, G-Xchange, Inc.

“This opportunity to continue working with the PSA and the DICT not only allows us to improve the user experience further but also contributes to the Philippine government’s digitalization agenda,” Reyes added.

Reyes noted that IDs issued through the PSA’s Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), including PhilIDs and ePhilIDs, are already among the most commonly presented valid IDs for GCash account verification.

GCash is working closely with the PSA and the DICT to ensure seamless integration with the eVerify platform.

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