By Jonas Reyes
Emphasizing on the issue of national security about the data needed to create the identification cards and that the data collected should be protected from exploitation and identity theft, former Director General of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Atty. Ric Blancaflor said that the printing of the national identification cards must be done by Government Recognized Printers (GRP).
Blancaflor, who also served as national defense undersecretary during the Arroyo administration, issued the statement after President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law in August the bill that established a national ID system in the Philippines.
He pointed out that GRPs under strict government control should facilitate the printing of the national ID so as not to compromise the personal data of over 100 million Filipinos.
He was referring to the three GRPs, including the BangkoSentralngPilipinas (BSP), National Printing Office (NPO), and APO Printing Unit (APO).
“These printers have their own government-to-government systems that are already existing. These GOCCs are highly reliable in handling public data compare to other private entities,” he said.
Currently, the BSP is primarily tasked in printing Philippine currency, NPO on election ballots and other government forms, and APO on Philippine passport.
“Government-to-government or agency-to-agency transaction should be a seamless option to weave together policies, processes, protocols, and work culture. They have the capability to collate, integrate, and harmonize data from different agencies of the government,” he pointed out.
Because of national security dimension, he said the lead integrator must be a government agency or a government-owned and controlled corporation, he added.
He pointed out that these GRPs have actual experience in preparing government products and have proven their capability and experience to run software that can absorb and analyze massive amounts of information.
These, he said, the three GRPs are at par compared to private entities.