Tag Archives: Philippines

Philippines – BDO to clients: Switch to EMV debit cards

By | October 31, 2017

BDO Unibank called on its clients to immediately obtain their debit card with embedded EMV chip to ensure wider protection against fraudulent activities usually carried out in electronic banking channels. “The bank’s objective over time is to effect a holistic approach to protecting the clients’ accounts from fraud. But to achieve this, clients must obtain their EMV chip… Read More »

Revised IATA rules bring some relief to Philippine agents

By | October 30, 2017

IATA will no longer mandate all its 242 accredited Philippine agencies to use credit cards for BSP payment transactions, to the relief of agencies who believe that the rule is an attempt by an airline group conspiring to run them out of business. Of the IATA accredited agencies, only 46 are using credit card to transact while 196… Read More »

Passports with 10-year validity for Filipinos from January 1, 2018

By | October 28, 2017

Dubai: From January 1, 2018, the period of validity of Philippine passports will double to 10 years, instead of the current five years — as the new passport law kicks in. On August 2, the government of President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law a Repubilc Act (RA10928) providing for a 10-year validity of the Philippine passport. The 10-year… Read More »

Philippines – UnionBank allows users to ‘lock’ ATM cards

By | October 3, 2017

MANILA – UnionBank clients can now “lock” their ATM cards, adding another layer of security as banks tighten measures against fraud, the lender said Tuesday. A card can be locked using the bank’s mobile app and while the feature is active, its counterpart account will be inaccessible to criminals, the bank said in a statement.   “The lock… Read More »

German biometrics firm eyes ID project

By | September 19, 2017

German biometrics company Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH, which won the contract to supply driver’s license cards in the country, expressed interest to participate in the national ID system project.  “We have helped to shape the world of security through our innovations, and we see many areas where the Philippines can benefit from our technology. From border control systems… Read More »

Philippines – Will national ID system finally make it as a law?

By | September 16, 2017

Last week, in the nth attempt over the last 29 years, proponents of a national identification system managed to get the House of Representatives to approve a bill instituting such a system in the country: 142 voted yes, only seven (the Makabayan bloc) voted no.  In May 2015 the House passed a similar bill, but the Senate didn’t.… Read More »

Philippines – Data privacy and the proposed national ID system

By | September 12, 2017

SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 fell on a weekend and it went by with nary a whimper. But it was a significant date for the National Privacy Commission (NPC). It was the deadline for organizations, private and public, to inform the NPC that they have designated a data protection officer (DPO). As practice would have it, organizations had until the… Read More »

Philippines – House approves National ID System

By | September 8, 2017

The House of Representatives approved on Friday a bill seeking to install the National ID System. House Bill 6221, which passed on third and final reading, is also known as the “Filipino Identification System” that will provide for the establishment of a National Identification Database System or the Filipino Identification System (FilSys).   At least 142 lawmakers voted… Read More »

Philippines – House passes National ID system bill on 2nd reading

By | September 3, 2017

The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure to establish an identification system which provides official national ID for all Filipinos. House Bill 6221, passed on second reading last Wednesday, seeks the creation of a National Identification Database System, which will be known as the Filipino Identification System or FilSys. Laguna Representative Sol Aragones, one… Read More »

Philippines – House okays nat’l ID system on 2nd reading

By | August 31, 2017

MANILA — The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a bill seeking to create a national identification (ID) system that will streamline, integrate and simplify public and private transactions in the country. Members of the lower chamber passed via viva voce voting House Bill 6221, an Act Establishing the Filipino Identification System (FilSys), which is included in… Read More »

New Biometric Driver’s License for the Philippines

By | August 30, 2017

HAMBURG, Germany, August 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — DERMALOG, the largest German biometrics company, supplies the new driver´s licenses for the Philippines. The new driver´s license system went live yesterday, 29th August 2017 in Manila. 32 security features, plus fingerprint biometrics makes the new Philippines driver´s license one of the most secure in the world. The cards can be issued within 5-10 minutes, for better service… Read More »

Philippines – LTO rolls out 5-year drivers’ license cards

By | August 29, 2017

MANILA  — The Land Transportation Office (LTO) has rolled out Tuesday the drivers’ license cards with five-year validity. LTO Chief Edgar Galvante said drivers who will either acquire or renew their licenses will be getting cards on the same day. He assured that the license cards will be tamper-proof as these will contain biometric information of the drivers. “The license… Read More »

Philippines lags Southeast Asia in credit card use

By | August 16, 2017

MANILA – The Philippines lags Southeast Asia in terms of cashless transactions, even as majority of Filipinos prefer it because of safety and convenience, according to a VISA study. In 2016, 9 percent of personal consumption expenditures were done through credit and debit cards, compared to 50 percent in Singapore and 30 percent in Malaysia and 16 percent… Read More »

Philippines – ‘Urgent’ Natl ID bill sent to Palace

By | August 10, 2017

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto M. Pernia said on Wednesday that the proposed Unified National ID System Act has already been endorsed to President Rodrigo Duterte for certification as “urgent.” “I am pleased to note that the proposed Unified National ID System Act was endorsed by the Executive  Committee of the Legislative-Executive Development Authority Council for certification by the… Read More »

Philippine passport validity extended to 10 years

By | August 3, 2017

Dubai: Good news to Filipinos who endure serpentine queues when applying for or renewing their passport. Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte on Wednesday signed into law the Republic Act 10928 that extends the validity of Philippine passports from five years to 10 years. The law allows Filipinos over the age of 18 years to have passports valid for 10… Read More »

Philippines – BDO JCB Platinum Credit Card Launch

By | July 27, 2017

Manila, Philippines and Tokyo, Japan, July 27, 2017 – (ACN Newswire) – JCB International Co., Ltd. (JCBI), the international operations subsidiary of JCB Co., Ltd., (referred to below as “JCB”) announced the launch of the first JCB Platinum Credit Card in the Philippines issued by BDO Unibank, Inc. (BDO), the largest bank in the country. The new high-end… Read More »

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 »

UCPB shifts to EMV chip-based cards; to deactivate old, magnetic-striped cards by August 1

By | July 22, 2017

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—Out with old, in with the new. The United Coconut Planters Bank, one of the largest banks in the Philippines, announced that it will be using the Europay, Mastercard, VISA debit card which is the global standard for payment card security. As the bank shifts to an EMV chip-based cards, it further announced that it would… 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 »

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 »