Philippines issuing 500k biometric driver’s licenses per month

The Philippines Land Transport Office (LTO) has completed the nationwide launch its new biometric driver’s licenses, which are supplied by Dermalog, and is now issuing 500,000 per month, the company announced Wednesday. The LTO began issuing the first of the new cards, which include 32 security features and fingerprint biometrics, in the Metro Manilla area 3 months ago. “We are happy that the new system is replacing the backlog of the old paper based intermediate driver´s licenses very fast and

Dermalog seeking more biometric ID and security deals in the Philippines

Dermalog Identification Systems GmbH is seeking more opportunities in the Philippines’ identification and security sectors after providing biometric-enabled drivers’ license cards for the country, according to a report by Business Mirror. “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,” Dermalog CEO Gunther Mull said. “From border control systems to e-passports and ID cards, we are ready to support the government.” The company currently

Philippines’ government to introduce biometrics-based national ID system

The Philippines’ government will soon roll out a national identification (ID) system following President Duterte’s approval of the project intended to enhance the delivery of government services, according to a report by Manila Bulletin. In the proposed 2018 national budget, Duterte has allocated P2 billion (US$40 million) for the Philippine Statistics Authority to implement the biometrics-based national ID system. He said the project would make the delivery of social services more efficient, especially in ensuring that the benefit payments would

Philippines national ID system to ensure secure delivery of social benefits

The Philippine Department of Finance (DOF) Undersecretary recently said that the government is set to allot a budget of $39.5M (USD) for the 2018 roll-out of its biometrics-based national identification system. A bill seeking the establishment of the national ID system was approved by the House committee on population and family relations last month. The Senate has yet to approve its counterpart bill. According to a report in the Philippine Star, an estimated 105 million Filipinos will benefit from the

Stolen computer contains personal information, biometrics, of Filipino voters

According to a report by Rappler, the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) is facing another data breach investigation after one of its computers containing biometric data of the country’s 55 million voters was stolen last month. The incident follows the National Privacy Commission (NPC) recent ruling that the Comelec should be held liable for the March 2016 database breach with Comelec chairman J. Andres D. Bautista set to face criminal charges for the negligence. Bautista has assured the public that

Philippines’ NPC provides more insight into COMELEC breach ruling

Philippines’ National Privacy Commission (NPC) recently provided greater insight into its decision that the Commission on Elections‘ (COMELEC) be held liable for a massive breach of its voter database last March, according to a report by The Manila Times. The database breach resulted in the leak of millions of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. The NPC recently ruled that the COMELEC should be held liable for the database breach with COMELEC chairman J. Andres D.

Philippines’ Comelec looking to purchase biometrics-based voter registration machines

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) has allocated approximately P10 million (US$201,000) to voter registration machines (VRMs) and peripherals in anticipation of more voters registering for the upcoming polls, according to a report by Inquirer.net. The bids and awards committee (BAC) posted an invitation to bid on the Comelec website, specifying that the allocation is intended for the continuing registration of voters. The Commission is looking to purchase 130 units of the VRMs, which include desktop computers, uninterruptible power supply

Philippines’ Commission on Elections to face criminal charges for database breach

The Philippines’ National Privacy Commission (NPC) ruled that the Commission on Elections (Comelec) should be held liable for the data breach at its voter database last March, according to a report by eGov Innovation. As part of the NPC’s decision, Comelec chairman J. Andres D. Bautista will face criminal charges for the negligence. In a ruling signed on December 28, 2016, the NPC emphasized Bautista’s “lack of appreciation” regarding of the notion that data protection is more than just the

Philippines immigration to deploy facial recognition system at airports

Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration (BI) will deploy a facial recognition system that connects to the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol) as part of its ongoing initiative to strengthen border security and to prevent undesirable foreign nationals from entering the country, according to a report by The Daily Tribune. According to Immigration Commissioner Jaime Morente, the project will photograph all arriving and departing passengers when being processed at the immigration counters of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA). The images will

Comelec says no biometrics data leaked in database breach

Yesterday, the Philippines Commission on Elections (Comelec) said that fingerprints, signatures, and photos were not included in the recent hacking of its database, according to a report by CNN Philippines. Last week, a report by Trend Micro said that a massive breach of the database of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (COMELEC) had leaked a huge number of voters personal identifiable information, including passport information and fingerprint data. This week, Comelec and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) said they