Gov’t agencies to improve data-matching system

Published July 20, 2021, 3:38 PM

by Bernie Cahiles-Magkilat

The Anti-Red Tape Authority, together with key agencies, will work on the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) data-matching system to boost the data-sharing practice among government agencies.

This developed following Secretary Jeremiah Belgica’s meeting with the PSA to discuss sharing of data on birth, death, and marriage, among others, to relevant government agencies via online platforms.

During the recent meeting with the PSA, Belgica explained that one of the cornerstones in the streamlining initiative of any government agency is in their ability to submit data and sharing them with other agencies.

During the meeting, Marizza Grande of the PSA Civil Register Maintenance and Development Division (CRMDD) said the agency already has existing agreements with other agencies and a data matching scheme where concerned agencies can check the records they need.

The PSA also provides monthly updates to the said concerned agencies.

Belgica said ARTA will form a small working group with PSA, the National Privacy Commission (NPC), and the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to focus on improving the data-matching scheme or system.

NPC Chairman Raymund Liboro, who was also present during the meeting, recommended the drafting of a Data-Sharing Agreement and Model Contract Laws, which states the liabilities and responsibilities of agencies sharing data. This will also enable a single sign-on of data from the public.

The ARTA chief also suggested the sharing of data collected through the National ID System among relevant government agencies.

Contrary to the many wrong notions on the campaign of the government, he said the National ID System is a protection because it holds data of each individual only.

“Having a single repository of these confidential info or personal info about you will hasten e-security,” he added.

Belgica also called on other concerned agencies to support PSA in the sharing and provision of pertinent data.