Date Posted: 2010-07-20 16:33:22

The Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) has enrolled more than half of its 1.5 million members and pensioners for the UMID-compliant eCard.

UMID, which stands for the Unified Multi-purpose ID 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.

The GSIS, the first to adopt the UMID card, said 805,188 of its members and pensioners are now enrolled for the new eCard.

Members will be receiving their new eCards through their liaison officers, while pensioners will get theirs by mail, the state-pension fund added.

Enrollment for the UMID-compliant eCard began in April this year in all GSIS offices.

The Loans and e-Services Department of the GSIS said more than 12,000 members and pensioners enroll daily for the new eCard.

Meanwhile, the GSIS has also upgraded its GW@PS kiosks making them also UMID-compliant. With the upgrade, members and pensioners can use the said kiosks when activating their UMID-compliant eCards and when applying for a P10,000 cash advance.

According to the GSIS, a P10,000 cash advance can be availed by its members whose UMID-compliant eCards have already been activated and whose Record of Creditable Service is at least five (5) years.

The P10,000 cash advance has an interest rate of 12 percent effective based on a diminishing balance and is payable in three years.

There are 300 UMID-compliant GW@PS kiosks deployed in all GSIS offices nationwide, including those at the Hobbies of Asia.

The GSIS enjoins all its members and pensioners to enroll for the UMID-compliant eCard, saying that not doing so will disallow them from enjoying the benefits of being an eCard holder.

The eCard is a multi-purpose card that functions as an ATM card, a transaction card, a debit card, hospitalization and medicine discount card, and an education benefit card, among others.

Now UMID-compliant, the new eCard already bears a Common Reference Number (CRN), which shall be linked to the ID numbers of the Social Security System (SSS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) and Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG).

With the CRN, the UMID-compliant eCard will serve as a valid identification card not only for GSIS but also for SSS, PhilHealth and Pag-IBIG.