Office History and Development

NSO employees await midyear transfer to CVEA Data Center

NSO employees, particularly those from the Information Resources Department (IRD), await transfer to the Central Verification and Enrollment Agency (CVEA) Data Center located at the Government Center, in East Avenue, Quezon City.

In an interview conducted by the NSO Reporter, Mr. Elpidio Nogales, Chief of the Information Technology and Operations Division (ITOD), said that the transfer is imminent as the “building becomes substantially completed by that time”.

Transfer to the five-storey edifice will effect the temporary housing of the CRS outlet at the ground floor level, and the distribution of the following, to wit: the ITOD on the second floor, the Information Technology System and Research Division on the fourth floor, and the Databank and Information Services Division on the fifth floor. On the Executive Floor on the third level, the Administrator, Deputy Administrator, and the IRD Director and respective staff shall hold office.

The NSO is designated as the CVEA in the implementation of the Unified Multi-Purpose Identification System as stipulated in Executive Order (EO) No. 700 issued January 16, 2008.

It can be recalled that Executive Order (EO) No.420 directs the entire executive branch of government to streamline and harmonize the different identification systems used for the respective agencies’ purposes, such as that for issuing clearances, licenses, passports, and/or for the provision of entitlements to benefits.

The EO further seeks the issuance of a secured identification (ID) number called the Common Reference Number (CRN) that will ensure unique identification of individuals through the use of fingerprint biometrics, digital facial image, and signature, The biometrics, photo, and signature, together with specified demographic data of the individual will be stored at the CRN registry and Automated Fingerprint Information System (AFIS) to be lodged centrally at the NSO.

The use of the CRN for identification and verification can increase government savings by preventing and detecting attempts to falsify identities and commit fraudulent claims to services, benefits, and licenses.

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