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GSIS launches UMID eCard in Region 8

Tacloban City (March 16) -- The Government Service Insurance System made another major milestone as it conducted the soft-launching of the UMID eCard in Region 8 in the morning of March 16, 2010.

Manager Vilma Mooney informed that the soft launching is being conducted for specific national government offices in order to avoid over-crowding. Those scheduled for Tuesday morning are the Department of Budget and Management, Department of Trade and Industry, National Telecommunications Office, TESDA and the Philippine Information Agency among others.

Manager Mooney said that UMID stand for the Unified Multi-Purpose ID. The UMID she said will be the single ID Cards of all SSS, GSIS, Philhealth and Pag-Ibig members.

The young manager said that UMID system is in compliance with Executive Order No. 420 dated April 13, 2005 which requires all government agencies and government owned and controlled corporations (GOCCs) to streamline and harmonize their identification systems.

This is also in consonance with Executive Order No. 700 dated January 16, 2008 which identified the social security identification system as the core of the UMID system and directed the SSS to implement the streamlining and harmonization of the ID systems of all government agencies and GOCCs.

GSIS is the first to adopt the Unified Multi-purpose ID card. The UMID card will soon be the only ID card that one will ever need to transact with the GSIS, SSS, Pag-IBIG and Philhealth.

In order to avoid inconvenience on the part of the members, Manager Mooney said that the various government agencies have been informed of their schedule of enrolment. She called on the various offices to stick to their schedule.

Prior to enrollment, members have to get the enrollment forms from their agency authorized officer (AAO) or through the AAO website. Pensioners can secure the forms at any GSIS office.

With the form on hand, they can go to any enrollment center with two valid IDs or their old eCard Plus.

Enrollees are reminded that during the enrollment process, the GSIS representative will be asking for their tax identification number (TIN) and mobile number.

After enrolling, the GSIS will send the UMID-compliant eCard to the member through the member?s liaison officer (LO). Pensioners will get the new eCard via mail.

Members and pensioners then have to activate their new eCard in any UMID-compliant kiosk located at any GSIS servicing office.

The GSIS is replacing the eCard Plus with the UMID-compliant eCard for free. The features of the GSIS eCard Plus will be retained in the UMID-compliant eCard. The eCard Plus is a multi-purpose card that functions as an ATM card, a transaction card, a debit card, hospitalization and medicine discount card, and an education benefit card, among others. (PIA) [top]

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