20 July 2021 – 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.

Earlier, Secretary Jeremiah Belgica requested for a meeting with the PSA to help them in the possible sharing of data on birth, death, and marriage, among others, to relevant government agencies via online platforms.

“Isa po sa cornerstone ng streamlining initiative ng kahit anong pamahalaan na nagpapabilis ng kanilang pagproseso ay ang pagbibigay ng datos sa pamahalaan sa pagproseso ng kanilang mga dokumento at pagbibigay ng datos sa kanilang karatig na ahensya,” he said during the meeting on 15 July 2021.

“Importante talagang mapag-usapan natin, lalo na sa final stage ng termino ng ating Pangulo, lalo niya pong pinapabilisin sa atin ang pinapagawa,” he added.

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 on the National ID System… it would even protect because ang mga datos patungkol sa iisang tao ay nakatago lang sa iisang tao,” he said.

“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.