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PSA, DICT and GCash pilot integration of National ID eVerify



PSA, DICT and GCash pilot integration of National ID eVerify

Initiative to Boost Financial Inclusion, Philippines Digitalization Agenda

In line with a shared mission to promote financial inclusion in the country, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), together with the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), tapped GCash as a pilot testing partner for its National ID eVerify platform .

The initiative, led by the PSA and the DICT, aims to provide government agencies and private sector partners with a secure and seamless way to authenticate the identity of their customers.

For financial institutions like GCash, this platform can enable a faster and more secure know-your-customer (KYC) process as it provides a reliable method to verify the identity of potential customers. This allows individuals to reduce physical requirements and speed up the account opening process.

With National ID eVerify, organizations can better prevent document fraud and ensure that the civil registration 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 guarantee the legitimacy of all our users through the national ID. We are better positioned to promote financial inclusion for more Filipinos when we have more secure financial platforms,” said Ren-Ren Reyes, president and CEO of GCash mobile wallet operator, G-Xchange, Inc.

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

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

National Statistician Usec. Dennis Mapa talks to GCash Head of Customer Experience Joanne Avendano on the sidelines of the launch of National ID eVerify.

Undersecretary Dennis Mapa, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General of the PSA, said: “The Philippine Statistics Authority remains steadfast in its goal of registering all Filipinos under the National ID System, thus ensuring our continued commitment to ​​to provide a unified National Identification System to all our kababayans.”

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

“The National eVerify will streamline and improve the way we do things in government. This will strengthen and simplify private and government consumption. If we can implement this well with the help of both the private and government sectors, digital transformation in the Philippines will bear fruit. Efficient services will be provided to the Filipino people. No long queues at government offices. Filipinos can now process documents and avail private and government services from the comfort of their homes,” he said.

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 the strategic partnership with PSA, DICT and GCash as they share the goal of providing essential to provide relief to the country’s most vulnerable communities. He said: “The digital National ID is a beacon of hope – a reminder that even the most ambitious dreams can become reality if we work together towards a common goal.

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

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