BSP backs rollout of nat’l ID, says officials to answer raps in the proper forum

Published January 21, 2021, 10:34 AM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) maintained its support for the rollout of the National ID believing it is “key” to wider financial inclusion that will promote “shared economic growth and the financial wellbeing of Filipinos.”

“As regards the complaint filed with the Ombudsman relative to the procurement for the printing of cards for the National ID System, rest assured that the BSP officials concerned will respond in the proper forum once required in accordance with applicable rules,” it said in a statement.

Governor Benjamin E. Diokno and six other BSP officials are facing graft complaints filed before the Office of the Ombudsman involving the procurement of 116 million Philippine Identification Cards (Phil ID) by Ricardo D. Fulgencio IV of Stop Corruption Organization Philippines Inc. (SCOPI). Also charged were BSP-SPC Bids and Awards Committee (BAC) Chairperson Prudence Angelita A. Kasala, BSPD Director Rogel Joseph V. Del Rosario, Acting Production Manager Carl Cesar H. Bibat, BAC Vice-Chairperson Marianne M. Santos, and members Salvador Y. del Mundo and Giovanni Israel T. Joson.

Fulgencio said in his complaint that the Invitation to Bid released by the respondents was for the supply, delivery, installation, and commission of two lots. Lot 1 was for the lease of card production equipment for a period of three years, while Lot 2 is for the lease of card personalization equipment for a period of four years.

Both lots cover technical and maintenance support, training of personnel, supply and delivery of raw materials and consumables for 116 million pieces of Phil ID cards.

The complainant raised alarm over the specifications for the raw materials contained in the BSP Technical Specifications and Terms of Reference (TOR), because it showed specific reference to a brand name – Kinegram. Fulgencio stressed that specifying any brand name is not allowed.

“All raw materials inclusive of the diffractive optically variable image decide (DOVID) to be procured by the contractor by rolls or on polycarbonate sheets from Kinegram sufficient for printing, production, and packing of 116 million pieces of printed and packed Phil ID cards in fulfillment of the approved design and specifications,” the TOR stated.

The award was reportedly given to Allcard International without the benefit of public bidding.

Kasala was slapped with an additional charge of Section 3 of Executive Order 2, Series 2016 for failing to release any eligibility document submitted by the winning bidder.