House bill filed pushing for gov’t-wide data systems integration

A party-list representative has filed House Bill 7200, also known as the Philippine Data Interconnectivity Act, which seeks to end the long lines and red tape in the government by integrating all data systems in the public sector.

Kabayan party-list representative Ron Salo

The bill, filed by Kabayan party-list representative Ron Salo, seeks to establish a Philippine Data Interconnectivity System that shall “serve as the 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.”

Kapag naisabatas ang itong panukala ng Kabayan Party-list, hindi na kakailanganing pang pumila nang matagal  ng ating kababayan sa iba’t ibang ahensiya ng gobyerno para lamang makakuha ng dokumento. Hindi na rin magdodoble-doble ang kailangang bayaran,” Salo said.

Eyed for data integration are at least 20 government agencies are the following:

  • 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
  • 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.

If the proposed measure becomes a law, Salo said it will now be easier for every Filipino to get the government-issued documents that he or 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,” he said.

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.

In the database, every registered Filipino shall have 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, according to Salo.

Bagay itong (PDIS) ka-tandem ng First-time Jobseekers Assistance Act (RA 11261). Kapag nag-submit na kasi nang dokumento, like birth certificate ang isang job-seeker sa inaaplayan nitong government agency, papasok na ito sa master database ng gobyerno at di na niya ulit kakailanganing pang mag-request o magbayad para sa isa na namang kopya ng birth certificate sa hinaharap,” Salo explained.

Under RA 11261, first-time job applicants no longer have to pay fees for government documents like NBI clearance, police clearance certificate, and barangay clearance required for employment.

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