‘Hybrid cloud tech’ to ease PhilSys data system integration

‘Hybrid cloud tech’ to ease PhilSys data system integration

MANILA – The government has adopted a “hybrid cloud solution” for the system integrator requirement of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

“We intend the PhilSys to harness the strengths of cloud technology and so we have adopted a hybrid cloud solution for our system integrator to leverage the inherent efficiency, availability and scalability of cloud while maintaining control and security safeguards by storing data that’s collected under PhilSys in government data centers,” said Undersecretary Denis Villorente of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) in a virtual press briefing during the online kIck-off of the PhilSys on Friday.

The systems integrator is the core software and information technology (IT) infrastructure of the PhilSys.

“We intend to deliver the best and most secured PhilSys to Filipinos and we believe that there is hybrid cloud solution [that] opens more opportunities to PhilSys to link with other government agencies, the private sector including banks and financial institutions,” he said.

He added that the authentication services for PhilSys would be provided both online and offline.

“There will be an online authentication service to provide identity services to the citizen and the relying parties,” Villorente said.

Registrants would be provided with a unique 12-digit PhilSys number, he added.

The PSA earlier said the hybrid cloud architecture allows the management and security of the registrants’ records collected from the PhilSys Registry nationwide while providing client-facing PhilSys services and applications on cloud technology.

Cybersecurity

Villorente added that there is allocated funds for the cybersecurity components from the total budget to be used under the procurement of the system integrator.

He said the cost for the provision of the cybersecurity components for the PhilSys is already included in the contractor’s bid for the system integrator.

The overall cost for system integrator, he said, is worth PHP2.2 billion.

“At parte po nung kanilang isusuply ay yung cybersecurity components para masecure yung IT infrastructure ng PhilSys (To secure the IT infrastructure of the PhilSys, the supply also includes cybersecurity components),” Villorente said.

Data protection

Meanwhile, National Statistician and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Undersectary Claire Dennis Mapa assured that the PHP27.8 billion total budget for the implementation of PhilSys includes the protection of the data collected by the registration officers.

“Part of the PhilSys budget is [really] on the protection of the data including our cybersecurity,” Mapa assured the public.

The Privacy-by-Design features ensure that PSN-holders have full control over the access and use of their personal data, he said.

The Data Privacy Act of 2012 and the PhilSys Act have strict controls over what circumstances the data in the PhilSys registry can be accessed and shared.

The PhilSys Data Privacy Manual, as well as the Data Governance Framework, will further outline the privacy and data protection protocols and standards that will govern PhilSys operations.

The PSA has designated Data Privacy Officers – one for PSA and one solely for the PhilSys.

Friday’s kick-off was held for the first phase of mass registration that begins on October 12 wherein the pre-registration for the implementation of the country’s national ID system will be rolled out in 32 provinces.

These include Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Compostela Valley, Davao Del Norte, Davao Del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Tawi-Tawi.

The pre-registration targets at least 5 million low-income household heads this year, the selection criterion of which is based on the bottom 40 percent of the population from the 2018 Family Income and Expenditure Survey (FIES) data.

Signed into law by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in August 2018, Republic Act No. 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens. The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity that shall be a means of simplifying public and private transactions.

The PhilSys is expected to speed up transactions in both public and private sectors, enrollment in schools, and the opening of bank accounts. It will boost efficiency especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present one ID during transactions. (PNA)

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