Date Posted: 2010-03-05 10:27:42

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) further empowers the eCard, the all-in-one utility card of its members and pensioners, by making it 100-percent compliant with the Unified Multi-Purpose ID (UMID) System.

The GSIS will soon introduce the UMID-compliant eCard, replacing the eCard Plus. Replacement of the card, according to the pension fund, will be free.

And because it is UMID-compliant, the new eCard will already bear a Common Reference Number or CRN. The CRN is the primary identifier of an individual transacting business or availing of services from any government agency.

With the CRN, the UMID-compliant eCard will serve as a valid identification card not only for the GSIS but also for the Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, the Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF) and other government agencies.

The UMID system is an offshoot of Executive Order No. 420 which requires all government agencies and government-owned and controlled corporations to streamline and harmonize their identification systems through the use of a unified multi-purpose ID.

With the use of a single identification system, government agencies, such as the GSIS will be able to get rid of redundant databases.

The UMID system will also enhance the integrity of state-issued ID cards, facilitate the public’s transactions with the government, and cut costs from producing different IDs.

Since the birth of the eCard in 2004, it has already evolved into the most technologically advanced card in the country today.

The eCard Plus, whose earliest functions was just an identification and an ATM card, is now a transaction card, a hospitalization card, an education benefit card, and a discount card.

Active members can apply for different loan products (Policy Loan, Cash Advance, ConsoLoan), while pensioners can renew their active status (ARAS) and apply for a pension loan using the GSIS eCard through the G-W@PS kiosk.
 
GSIS members and pensioners can also withdraw proceeds of pension, claims, or loans using any ATM worldwide.
 
By also presenting their eCard at any GSIS partner hospital, members and pensioners can get up to 50 percent in discount with the help of the GSIS Hospitalization Support Program (GHSP).

Recently, the GSIS has also tied up with Pfizer to give eCard holders up to 55 percent discount on selected Pfizer-manufactured drugs if they present their eCard along with their prescription in over 1,800 participating drugstores and pharmacies nationwide.

In addition, the eCard is also now an education benefit card. By simply presenting the eCard, qualified relatives of GSIS members and pensioners, who are going to enroll as incoming freshmen in any STI campus nationwide can already benefit from a twenty percent (20%) scholarship grant on tuition and laboratory fees.  

With compliance to the UMID system, the GSIS adds more power to its pioneer project. All the above features, according to the GSIS, will be retained by the UMID-compliant eCard.

Apart from the GSIS, other government agencies moving into UMID are the SSS, Philhealth, and the HDMF.