Raffy Tulfo

Tulfo blasts BSP for grabbing natl ID printing from PSA

August 19, 2023 Camille P. Balagtas 277 views

SEN. Raffy Tulfo criticized the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) after it grabbed from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) the printing of the national ID cards.

During the hearing of the Senate Committee on Finance last Aug. 16, Tulfo asked why the BSP, which is tasked to print money, interfered with the printing of the national IDs with a contract amounting to a whopping P28 billion.

Worse, Tulfo said, after the PSA had gotten the project from BSP, the contract was passed on to AllCard, Inc. despite knowing that this company had previous unsettled issues with various government agencies, including delays in the implementation of the contract.

Since the National ID law was passed in 2018, only 36 million physical national ID cards have been printed, or roughly a third of the government target of 92 million.

“Ngayon, sa muli, delayed ulit ang All Card sa pagpapatupad sa kontrata naman nito sa BSP. Pero hindi lang delayed ang problema ng All Card kundi nakagawa pa ito ng malaking bulilyaso,” Tulfo revealed.

According to Tulfo, BSP failed to correctly design the QR code for national ID cards since the design was too small and not enough to store important information.

As a result of this, the BSP may need to destroy millions of cards that have been initially printed to be replaced by new designs.

Tulfo also questioned why BSP tapped an Australian company to print our P1,000 note. He said this only means that Philippine money is imported and made in Australia.

The senator will file a resolution in aid of legislation to investigate these issues against BSP and AllCard.