ADVISORY | SSS offers free mobile data capture service for employees of big firms

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MANILA - The Social Security System (SSS) has begun offering free mobile data capture services, allowing employees of large companies to apply for their unified multi-purpose identification (UMID) without having to leave their offices.

Edgar Solilapsi, SSS officer-in-charge, said companies with at least 100 employees can set an appointment with the nearest branch of the pension fund for the mobile UMID data capture services, free of charge.

"Since SSS operating hours usually overlap with regular business hours, our employed members often need a leave from work to go to an SSS office and apply for the UMID card," he said.

"With the mobile ID data capture services, they can now apply for the UMID card right in their office premises, saving them time and money, while companies avoid losing a day’s worth of employee productivity," he added.

The agency also offers on-site data capture services that are set up in barangay halls for self-employed and voluntary members during SSS information and coverage drives.

Barangay captains and local officials can also request their nearest SSS branch for on-site UMID data capture services. They must include a list of resident SSS members who will avail of the service.

Members with at least one posted SSS contribution can apply for the UMID card. Members who applied through mobile data capture and on-site services will receive their UMID cards through registered mail.

The member’s initial ID card is free of charge, while a replacement card is charged a fee of P300.

Data capture involves registration of the member's demographic and biometric data such as their basic information, photo and fingerprint scans.

These will then be used to verify their identities against a massive ID database to protect the UMID system from fraudulent applications.

"The use of biometric technology alerts the SSS of members who applied for the UMID card using a different identity. This helps thwart attempts to defraud the SSS and other government agencies of undeserved benefits and services using the UMID card," Solilapsi said.

The UMID system was created in 2005 to streamline and enhance the ID systems of government agencies.

SSS was designated as UMID lead agency, while other participating agencies are the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), the Philippine Health Insurance Corp (PhilHealth), Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) and the National Statistics Office.