Legislators push for government-wide data systems integration



By Rose de la Cruz


Kabayan partylist Reps. Ron Salo and Ciriaco Calalang filed House Bill No. 200 that seeks to establish and operate a Philippine Data Interconnectivity System or a master database where all organized collection of information, data, records and other documents from government agencies mandated to deliver basic services and social security benefits are stored.


This would soon end many long queues for government documents and services millions of Filipinos wastefully and inconveniently endure on weekdays and even some weekends.


If the proposed measure becomes a law, “it will now be easier for every Filipino to get the government-issued documents he/she needs. For example, among others, both the NBI Clearance and Passport applications require the PSA- authenticated birth certificate. We can do away with duplicating requirements and fees if there is an interconnected database and information system which these agencies can check in lieu of requiring the said documents,” they stressed.


In the database, every registered Filipino is assigned a Filipino Reference Number (FRN) which shall serve as the common reference number for each individual registered with the Philippine Statistics Authority. The FRN shall be used to establish a linkage among the agencies included in the PDIS.


Eyed for data integration are at least 20 government agencies:  Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA); Local Civil Registrar;  Local Register of Deeds; Land Registration Authority; Philippine Health Insurance Corporation of the Department of Health (PhilHealth); Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG Fund (Pag-IBIG);  Social Security System (SSS);  Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); Government Service Insurance System (GSIS); National Bureau of Investigation (NBI); Land Transportation Office (LTO); Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB); Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Department of Science and Technology (DOST); DSWD Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (DSWD 4Ps); Commission on Higher Education (CHED); Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA);  Department of Education (DepEd); Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) and the Philippine National Police (PNP).


The Supreme Court, Congress, and Constitutional Offices (Ombudsman, COMELEC, Commission on Audit, Civil Service Commission) may also be included in the PDIS, upon their concurrence.


A central component of the PDIS is an inter-agency one-stop-shop system wherein the public can request and obtain required official documents from the agencies included in the PDIS.


Salo and Calalang said the bill “aims to establish a modern, comprehensive, and secured interconnected database among government agencies that will streamline the process of obtaining common official documents and facilitate succeeding transactions of the public while keeping the integrity of government records and documents.”


“The PDIS seeks to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of government agencies in the management of certain government records and the delivery of government services to the public,” Salo said.


Calalang underscored that a PDIS will also “make our country attractive to investments…help our government perform efficiently and lessen the tedious transactions and bureaucratic red tape that has been one of the banes of Philippine Society.” 



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