Philpost, SSS ink ID deal

April 30, 2010 8:22 pm 

By Lynda B. Valencia

MANILA, April 30 –A memorandum of understanding (MOU) was signed between the Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost) and the Social Security System (SSS) for the integration of SSS Unified Multipurpose Identification System (Umid) to the benefits of the Postal ID.

Postmaster General Hector Villanueva and SSS president Romulo Neri signed the MOU in a simple ceremony at the Philpost business center recently.

Villanueva stressed that PhilPost has come up with innovative projects to provide value added services to its clients to effectively deliver mails and parcels anywhere in the country and abroad particularly the overseas Filipino workers (OFWs).

“We are more that hopeful that we can position ourselves competitively in the market and attain our goals of continued viability”, he said.

The UMID card will enable SSS members to get payments for pensions, loans and benefits through PhilPost’s nationwide network of about 2,200 post offices.

The MOU paved the way for a unified Philpost-SSS ID similar to the discarded national ID originally planned to be implemented in 1997 but was shelved due to technical difficulties and politics.

Philpost and SSS joint ID system is in line with Executive Orders 420 and 700 that mandate the streamlining and harmonization of the ID systems of government agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations.

Under the MOU, Philpost shall enroll its postal ID systems with the SSS so that the benefits of the postal ID can be enjoyed by the holders of the SSS Umid system.

In return, SSS shall allow the enrolment of ID it gives to members free of charge to Philpost but any application of the individual SSS member for the benefit of postal ID shall be subject to application fee to be collected by SSS and remitted to Philpost.

The SSS is committed to offer assistance to Philpost to improve its remittance systems in order to maximize the benefits of the UMID systems to its members particularly the Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs).

The SSS will also provide PhilPost a P1-billion loan which would be secured by real estate properties as collateral, for the upgrading and development of PhilPost’s remittance system. (PNA) /LBV

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