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PSA, DSWD partner for efficient financial assistance distribution

PSA, DSWD partner for efficient financial assistance distribution

PSA partners with DSWD to pilot OpenG2P, enhancing financial aid distribution via PhilSys in the Philippines. Photo: PSA

PHILIPPINES – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has partnered with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) to debut an innovative approach to disbursing financial aid. This is facilitated through the integration of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) and a novel government-to-person (G2P) digital platform named Open Government-to-Person (OpenG2P).

OpenG2P is devised to digitize broad-scale cash transfers, thus promoting a more streamlined governmental transaction process. The pilot, hosted at the DSWD Central Office from 03 to 07 July 2023, spotlighted the usage of OpenG2P to efficiently distribute financial support under the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) initiative, fortified by PhilSys's robust identity verification features.

This pilot, projected to span 18 months, aims to showcase the transformative potential of integrating advanced platforms like OpenG2P with digital ID systems like PhilSys. It's an ambitious endeavor to overhaul and amplify the capabilities of the Crisis Intervention Monitoring System (CrIMS)—DSWD's in-house system that collates essential data on Filipinos in crisis, assisting in the enrichment of social protection plans and policies.

During this test phase, designated kiosks were set up at the Magiliw Building within DSWD's central premises. Here, applicants for the AICS initiative, equipped with their PhilID or ePhilID, underwent OpenG2P registration. This involved creating detailed profiles and uploading requisite documents. Following registration, applicants partook in interviews and evaluations to finalize the aid amount, after which they'd collect their financial assistance.

Miralyn Quitorio, an Antipolo City resident undergoing dialysis, remarked positively on her OpenG2P registration experience. Similarly, Rex Alvarez, a farmer from Marikina City, lauded the efficiency and assistance he received during his application. Alvarez also highlighted the system's expedited nature compared to traditional queues.

Looking forward, PSA's collaboration with DSWD and OpenG2P epitomizes one of several initiatives to expand PhilSys's application spectrum. PSA has already commenced biometric authentication trials for individuals dealing with the Civil Registry System (CRS) outlet at the PSA Complex. The next phase of OpenG2P implementation is earmarked for October, coinciding with the forthcoming AICS distribution. —iTacloban (Source: PSA)

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