MANILA, Philippines – Unisys Public Sector Services Corporation formally inked the concession agreement that makes it the builder and operator of a P1.59-billion public-private partnership (PPP) project that will upgrade the country’s civil registry services.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on September 9 awarded the Civil Registry System-Information Technology Phase II (CRS-ITP2) deal to Unisys, after it was the only one that submitted a bid offer.
Two other groups, Morpho-Filmetrics-Frey Consortium and PNJ Partnership Consortium, were pre-qualified but did not participate in the bidding.
The CRS-ITP2 will involve the computerization of the civil registry operations of the PSA.
It is designed to collect, access, store, maintain and manage civil registry documents and the specimen signatures of all city and municipal registrars using imaging technology.
It will also include production of vital statistics through a wider channel including an additional 40 CRS outlets to complete the 80 outlets to be established in each of the provinces; local government unit-operated outlets; as well as telephone-based and web-based channels.
The civil registry project will also allow integration with other government offices.
It is expected to take 2 years to develop, involving the construction of a new building and the development of a completely new IT system.
The civil registry PPP deal was approved by the National Economic and Development Authority Board in July 2015 during former president Benigno Aquino III’s term.
The contract for phase one of the CRS-ITP started more than a decade ago and expired in 2012. This deal was then extended twice, first in 2015, and now up to March 2017. – Rappler.com
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