Tag Archives: Asia

Philippines – Duterte orders increase of OFW aid to P1-B

By | July 24, 2017

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte on Monday announced that he directed concerned government agencies to raise the assistance to overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) from P400 million to P1 billion. The President said he issued the directive because the government is primarily responsible for securing the rights and welfare of Filipinos working abroad. “We now talk about our overseas Filipinos. They… Read More »

Philippines – OFW ID project comes under serious criticism

By | July 22, 2017

THE proposed OFW ID card of the Department of Labor and Employment has come under fire from another policy advocate, the Lilac Center for Public Interest. Lilac said the OFW ID card was a ‘half-baked’ project that needed to be returned to the drawing board for further serious technical and social study. “All the signs point to the… Read More »

Bank of China to release Sheng Siong credit cards

By | July 21, 2017

These contactless cards offer 12% cash rebates. As part of efforts to drive Singapore’s cashless agenda, the Bank of China Singapore Branch (BOCSG) and local supermarket chain Sheng Siong launched a new contactless credit card that offers up to 12% cash rebate across all stores. According to a joint release, the cash rebate is the highest amongst grocery… Read More »

India – Delhi Metro Introduces Smartwatch for Travel

By | July 20, 2017

Delhi’s Metro Railway Corporation (DMRC) has introduced a system of wearable tech payment for travellers on its metro system. As of June 2017, passengers on Delhi’s extensive rail network will be able to use smartwatches as a form of smart card for entering and exiting the system. Working in collaboration with company LAKS GmbH, DMRC launched the innovative… Read More »

Swatch updates mobile-payment watches for China, linking with UnionPay to keep sales ticking

By | July 20, 2017

Swatch Group, which claims to be the world’s largest watch maker, has launched the second generation of its chip-embedded devices that can be used for mobile payments in China, after teaming with UnionPay to offer “Swatch Pay”. The new watches can be linked with credit cards issued by 11 partner banks – including Bank of China, Industrial and… Read More »

Shinsegae releases SSG branded credit card

By | July 19, 2017

Retail giant Shinsegae said Wednesday that it will release a branded credit card called the SSG Card on Thursday. While most retailers partner with existing credit card companies to create credit card benefits for their consumers, Shinsegae produced its own card to create synergy with its SSG Pay system. When used together with SSG Pay, the SSG card… Read More »

Philippines – iDOLE OFW ID launched

By | July 15, 2017

MANILA, July 15 — The Department of Labor and Employment will soon issue the guidelines for overseas Filipinos workers to be able to avail of the iDOLE ID card, Secretary Silvestre Bello III said yesterday. Launched on Wednesday, Bello described the iDOLE ID as the ‘best gift’ that President Duterte is giving to millions of OFWs for easy transactions with… Read More »

Hong Kong – Provision of “stop-and-go” e-payment facilities at Shing Mun Tunnels to begin next Sunday

By | July 14, 2017

The Transport Department (TD) today (July 14) said that the “stop-and-go” e-payment system will be first introduced at the manual toll booths of the Shing Mun Tunnels next Sunday (July 23) to provide motorists with an additional and convenient means of toll payment. A spokesman for the TD said that the “stop-and-go” e-payment system offers four payment methods, namely… Read More »

Filipino National ID law pushed, but will it pass this time?

By | July 13, 2017

Manila: A senior Philippine lawmaker is urging Congress to prioritise the passage of a national ID law saying the measure would boost the efficiency of government services and expedite transactions requiring information on a person’s identity. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon said the Senate and House of Representatives must swiftly pass measures on the establishment of a national… Read More »

Phl the most ID-ied country

By | July 9, 2017

A few years back, there was a forum held at the Ateneo de Manila University where one of the speakers talked about how Filipinos seemed to be untrustworthy. Proof of that, the speaker who is a political science professor noted, are the requirements in many official transactions to show or provide at least two government-issued identification (ID) cards.… Read More »

Indonesia – The e-KTP Case and Indonesia’s Struggle to Fight Corruption

By | July 7, 2017

Jakarta, GIVnews.com – Thursday (6/7) saw two special events concerning the ongoing high-profile corruption case which allegedly implicate a number of lawmakers including those with well-placed positions. The first event was a group of several members of the House of Representatives (DPR) visiting the Sukamiskin prison in West Java where notorious corruptors are held. The second occurrence was a… Read More »

Thailand – Smart ID cards for monks & temple auditing

By | July 6, 2017

The government has raised a proposal for monks to have smart cards that show their backgrounds to enable scrutiny of monks by authorities. The smart card plan is part of the government’s attempt to address a series of temple scandals, mostly involving monks who had sought monetary benefits from the temples. WHAT INFORMATION WILL BE ON A MONK’S ID CARD? The smart ID cards for monks… Read More »

Indonesia – KPK Signals Naming New Suspect in e-ID Project Corruption Case

By | July 6, 2017

JAKARTA, NETRALNEWS.COM – Agus Rahardjo, Chairperson of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), has indicated that there will be a new suspect named in the investigation of corruption on the procurement of national electronic identification (e-ID) card project. “Yes,” Agus said after inaugurating three KPK advisors at the KPK building in Jakarta on Thursday (7/6). However, he can not confirm… Read More »

Philippines – National ID to ease delivery of social services: Diokno

By | July 5, 2017

MANILA – The government is planning to put in place a national ID system within President Rodrigo Duterte’s term to help ease the delivery of social services, one of his economic managers said Wednesday. The national ID will replace all government-issued identification cards, except the passport and drivers’ license. It will contain biometric data and will be issued… Read More »

Philippines – Legislators ask BSP to abbreviate EMV tech compliance

By | July 3, 2017

The chairman of the House Committee on Banks and Financial Intermediaries on Monday asked the Monetary Board of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to shorten the deadline for the banks to shift and upgrade to Europay, Mastercard Visa or EMV technology for their automated teller machine (ATM) cards. In his letter to BSP Governor Nestor A. Espenilla Jr.,… Read More »

Indonesia – E-KTP Corruption Case State Losses Expected To Rise

By | July 3, 2017

The on-going e-KTP corruption case has seen state losses reach Rp 2.3 trillion (US$172 million) in June, but officials predict that number is likely to increase as investigations continue. The e-KTP program, which sees identification cards replaced with e-cards that are harder to counterfeit, has been widely panned with a slow roll-out across the countries and several officials… Read More »

Malaysia – Signatures no longer accepted for debit and credit card payments

By | July 1, 2017

PETALING JAYA: The signature verification method for payment card transactions is now officially discontinued. From today, it is compulsory to key in the six-digit personal identification number (PIN) when paying using a credit or debit card. Cardholders must remember their PIN to avoid any inconvenience at point of sale (POS) terminals. Those who face problems when paying at… Read More »

First J/Speedy Card in the ASEAN Region to be issued by BDO

By | June 26, 2017

Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan, June 26, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., announced the launch of the J/Speedy JCB card in the Philippines with BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the largest bank in the Philippines in terms of consolidated resources, customer loans, deposits, assets under management… Read More »

Taiwan – New ID cards to be suitable for digital verification: MOI

By | June 24, 2017

The government is mulling issuing new ID cards that would contain a chip and is to solicit public views in seminars, workshops and via polls, the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) said on Friday. The ministry has worked out a draft proposal on the new card and will communicate fully with the public on the issue, Department of… Read More »