Creation of online death verification sought in Senate

(INQUIRER) MANILA, Philippines — A bill that calls for establishing an online death verification system was filed Wednesday in the Senate.

Senate Bill No. 1436 filed by Senator Jinggoy Estrada aims the creation of such a digital scheme under the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

According to Estrada, an online death verification system will enable early detection and prevention of identity theft of deceased individuals.

“Sa maraming pagkakataon ay napatunayan sa maraming imbestigasyon na isinagawa ng Senado na nagagamit ang pangalan ng mga yumao na sa mga fraudulent payment claims, dayaan sa halalan at iba’t ibang uri ng panloloko. Panahon na para solusyunan ang bagay na ito,” he said in a statement.

(In many instances, it has been proven in many Senate investigations that names of dead people have been used for fraudulent payment claims, election cheating, and other kinds of fraud. It is time to solve this issue.)

Based on Senate Bill No. 1436, the PSA will set up the Philippine Death Check (PDC) Register.

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The PDC Register would be a centralized electronic database where mortality data logged with the Local Civil Registrar (LCR) will be stored.

After a death is recorded in the LCR, the relevant data is transferred to the PDC Register database.

Estrada has guaranteed that the 2012 Data Privacy Act will be upheld during the rollout of the online death verification system.

He said information will only be shared between the PSA and government bodies that “manage insurance and pension funds to suppress any fraudulent acts.” – Daniza Fernandez/ Inquirer