Philippines

Philippines President Gives Go-Ahead to Biometric ID Program

Philippines President Gives Go-Ahead to Biometric ID Program

“…the ID program could have additional applications in areas like driver licenses, passports, health insurance, and criminal investigation.” The President of the Philippines has given the go-ahead to a planned biometric ID program for the country, reports Manila Bulletin. President Duterte has approved the allocation of 2 billion PHP for the Philippine Statistics Authority to…

Philippines Authorities Prepare for National Biometric ID Program

Philippines Authorities Prepare for National Biometric ID Program

The Philippines’ Department of Finance is preparing the way for the implementation of a national biometric ID program. As The Philippine Star reports, the DOF has allocated 2 billion PHP for the program’s rollout next year. The new national ID program will incorporate biometric data, which will be used to determine individual citizens’ entitlements to…

Manila Airport to Link Biometric Screening to Interpol Databases

Manila Airport to Link Biometric Screening to Interpol Databases

“The system will take photos of all passengers, whether arriving or departing, and will be checked against Interpol’s criminal databases to flag any fugitives.” The Philippines’ Bureau of Immigration is planning to install a biometric identification system at Manila’s Ninoy Aquino International Airport that will be linked to Interpol databases, reports The Daily Tribune. The…

Citi Brings Voice Authentication to Philippines

Citi Brings Voice Authentication to Philippines

“The Philippines debut of the system follows soon after its launch this August in Malaysia, with Citi having previously indicated its aim is to become the first bank to roll out voice authentication across the entire APAC region.” Citibank has brought voice-based authentication to the Philippines, reports BusinessMirror. The bank has launched such a system for…

Photo Contest Illustrates Democratic Ideals of Recent Philippines Election

Photo Contest Illustrates Democratic Ideals of Recent Philippines Election

Smartmatic has announced the winners of its Transparency 2016 Election Photo Contest. Organized in partnership with the Federation of Philippine Photographers Foundation, the contest highlighted the civil spirit animating the Philippines’ recent general elections, with Jijo de Guzman’s grand prize-winning photo depicting a Catholic nun voting alongside a woman in traditional Muslim garb. De Guzman won…

Philippines Election Authorities Put Biometric System to Use

Philippines Election Authorities Put Biometric System to Use

“Much of the biometric data was collected during an intensive campaign last year ahead of its national election…” Election authorities in the Philippines are taking advantage of the country’s new biometric voter registration system to ensure that upcoming polling is fair and free of fraud. Ahead of the Philippines’ district and youth council elections, the…

No Extension for This Year’s Election Registrations: Comelec

No Extension for This Year’s Election Registrations: Comelec

The head of the Philippines’ Commission on Elections says there will be no extension of the voter registration period ahead of the October 31st district and youth council elections, reports GMA News Online. Comelec chairman Andres Bautista explained that an extension of the registration period would interfere with the organization’s election preparations, adding, “We still…

Comelec Pushes On With Biometric Registration Ahead Of New Round Of Elections

Comelec Pushes On With Biometric Registration Ahead Of New Round Of Elections

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) is forging ahead with its biometric polling efforts with a new round of elections underway. These are the Barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan elections—referring essentially to small districts and youth councils, respectively. As Sun.Star Baguio reports, the elections are scheduled for October 31st with voter registration having opened last week.…

INTERVIEW: Smartmatic’s Robert Cook

INTERVIEW: Smartmatic’s Robert Cook

Although electronic voting is still seen by some as a thing of the future, there are experts in the field with decade’s worth of experience under their belt. This is the case of Robert Cook, Global Administration Sales Operations VP for Smartmatic. For the last 38 years, Mr. Cook has been involved in the adoption…

Comelec Works to Assuage Public Alarm Over Biometrics, Hack Attacks

Comelec Works to Assuage Public Alarm Over Biometrics, Hack Attacks

In the wake of a major hacking scandal, The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) is working hard to assuage public alarm over fears related to biometric data having been compromised. The hack attacks occurred toward the end of March, with Anonymous Philippines defacing Comelec’s website and a group called Lulzsec Pilipinas posting putative voter data…

Hack Attacks Did Not Breach Biometric Data, Comelec Says

Hack Attacks Did Not Breach Biometric Data, Comelec Says

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) is insisting that voters’ biometric data was not breached in recent hack attacks against its website. The attacks occurred toward the end of last month, with Comelec’s website first being defaced by Anonymous Philippines, followed by the posting of voter data by a group called Lulzsec Pilipinas. That data…

Full Extent of Comelec Hack Attack Unclear

Full Extent of Comelec Hack Attack Unclear

Hack attacks against the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) website are stoking fears about user data breaches. The attacks happened toward the end of last month. On March 27th, Anonymous Philippines’ defaced the website, reportedly to raise the alarm over user data security; only hours after that incident, a group called Lulzsec Pilipinas posted what…

Facebook to Put Spotlight on Biometric Election

Facebook to Put Spotlight on Biometric Election

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) has announced a new partnership with Facebook that could help generate excitement about the country’s May 9th election. Speaking about the new partnership to the media, Comelec chairman Andres Bautista and Facebook Public Policy for Asia Pacific head Elizabeth Hernandez framed it as a means to facilitate dialogue among citizens,…

Comelec Proceeds With Voter Deregistration Over Biometric Non-Compliance

Comelec Proceeds With Voter Deregistration Over Biometric Non-Compliance

With its newly-won Supreme Court backing, the Philippines’ Commission on Elections is proceeding with its deregistration of voters who failed to submit their biometric data in anticipation of this year’s national elections. Comelec has now deregistered 300,000 voters in the Eastern Visayas region, an area that had appeared to be problematic in terms of biometric…

Supreme Court Backs Comelec in Biometrics Court Battle

Supreme Court Backs Comelec in Biometrics Court Battle

The Philippines’ Supreme Court has sided with the country’s Commission on Elections (“Comelec”) in the tense court battle over biometric voter authentication. The court has dismissed the protestations of the Kabataan-Party list and its allies and revoked its temporary restraining order against Comelec’s efforts to de-register the eligible voters who did not submit their biometric…

Court Battle Continues Over Biometric Voting in Philippines

Court Battle Continues Over Biometric Voting in Philippines

The battle over biometric polling continues to play out in the Philippines’ Supreme Court as civil organizations led by the Kabataan Party-list argue vehemently against the Commission on Elections’s (Comelec) “no bio, no boto” policy. The complainants have filed a new petition urging the Supreme Court to uphold its temporary restraining order (TRO) on Comelec’s move…

Philippines Supreme Court Denies Petition to Extend Biometric Registration Period for Voters

Philippines Supreme Court Denies Petition to Extend Biometric Registration Period for Voters

The Philippines Supreme Court has denied a petition to extend the biometric registration deadline for eligible voters. The case came about in the last days of the registration period, which ended October 31st, as Commission on Elections (Comelec) registration sites were overwhelmed with voters seeking last-minute registrations. While registration had been open for 17 months,…

Philippines Supreme Court Orders Halt to Disenfranchisement of Unregistered Voters

Philippines Supreme Court Orders Halt to Disenfranchisement of Unregistered Voters

The Philippines Supreme Court has ordered a temporary halt to the country’s Commission on Elections’ efforts to deactivate the voting eligibility of citizens who failed to register their biometric data on time. It’s the latest cliffhanger development in Comelec’s long saga of biometric voter registration. Next year’s national election is to be the first requiring…

Philippines Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Biometric Requirement for Voters

Philippines Supreme Court Hears Challenge to Biometric Requirement for Voters

The Philippines Supreme Court is hearing a challenge to the Commission on Elections’ (Comelec) implementation of mandatory biometric voter identification ahead of next year’s national election. Brought forward by a coalition of student and youth organizations under the wing of the Kabataan Party-list, the petition argues against the legitimacy of the biometric requirement itself. In that…

Comelec Makes Allowance for Voters with Corrupted Biometric Data

Comelec Makes Allowance for Voters with Corrupted Biometric Data

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections, or Comelec, will allow citizens to vote even if their biometric data is corrupted. The announcement comes from Comelec even as the commission forges ahead with its disenfranchisement of voters who failed to register their biometric data ahead of an October 31st deadline. While a major surge in registrant traffic…

Comelec Moves Disenfranchise Unregistered Voters

Comelec Moves Disenfranchise Unregistered Voters

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (“Comelec”) has officially moved to disqualify otherwise eligible voters who failed to register their biometric data by its October 31st deadline. In a new resolution, the agency asked the Election Registration Board (ERB) to deactivate those voters’ eligibility for the 2016 election. Next year’s national election will rely on biometric…

News Roundup: Biometrics and FinTech

News Roundup: Biometrics and FinTech

Last week at FindBiometrics we kicked off Financial Biometrics Month with a primer designed to get you up to speed on all the most recent happenings in the identity and commerce space, including the recent Money20/20 conference. In the industry news, fingerprints and mobility proved to be prolific as usual, elections tech made its share…

Philippines’ Election Commission Registered 54.6m Voters’ Biometrics

Philippines’ Election Commission Registered 54.6m Voters’ Biometrics

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) says that it has registered about 54.6 million voters’ biometrics, ensuring their eligibility to vote in next year’s national election. The registration period closed on October 31st. Numbers from Comelec’s regional offices are still coming in, but at this point the organization says any further adjustments to its tally…

Unregistered Biometrics See 100,000 Filipinos Lose Voting Rights in Davao City Alone

Unregistered Biometrics See 100,000 Filipinos Lose Voting Rights in Davao City Alone

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) will deactivate the eligibility of a little over 100,000 voters in Davao City for next year’s national election. Voters across the country were required to register their biometric data in anticipation of the 2016 election, which will rely on biometric voter identity authentication, but the window for registration closed…

Philippines’ Registration Period for Voter Biometrics Closes

Philippines’ Registration Period for Voter Biometrics Closes

With no Supreme Court intervention to stop it, the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) went ahead and closed its biometric voter registration system in accordance with its October 31st deadline this weekend. There had been some speculation that Comelec would be forced to extend the deadline, given a Supreme Court petition filed jointly by a…

Comelec Could Be Compelled to Extend Biometric Registration Deadline

Comelec Could Be Compelled to Extend Biometric Registration Deadline

The deadline for Philippines voters to register their biometric data ahead of next year’s election could be extended a couple of months beyond October 31st. A group called the Kabataan Party List has worked with a number of youth organizations to file a petition asking the country’s Supreme Court to force the Commission on Elections, or…

Comelec Sees Upsurge in Biometric Enrollment

Comelec Sees Upsurge in Biometric Enrollment

With the October 31st registration deadline imminent, unregistered voters are now flocking to the Philippines’ enrollment centers to provide their biometric identification data in anticipation of next year’s election. According to the Manila Bulletin, even the head of the country’s Commission on Elections (Comelec), Andres Bautista, was taken aback on a recent visit to a…

Three Million Remain Unregistered for Philippines Biometric Polling: Comelec

Three Million Remain Unregistered for Philippines Biometric Polling: Comelec

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) estimates that there are about three million eligible voters who still haven’t registered their biometric data in anticipation of next year’s election. With the October 31st deadline fast approaching, it’s a serious concern for Comelec. Eligible voters who fail to register their biometric data by the deadline won’t be…

Comelec Rolls Out Mobile Biometric Registration

Comelec Rolls Out Mobile Biometric Registration

With the October 31st deadline drawing near, the Philippines’ Commission on Elections, or Comelec, is setting its sights on the small percentage of the population that still hasn’t registered their biometric data for next year’s election. And in the Eastern Visayas region in particular, there are about 17,000 individuals outstanding. It’s a lot of people,…

Comelec Campaign Enters ‘Last Chance’ Phase

Comelec Campaign Enters ‘Last Chance’ Phase

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (or Comelec) is extending office hours for its voter registration centers in one final push to get people signed up to vote for next year’s national election, which will rely on biometric polling. The deadline for enrolment is October 31st. Starting October 17th, voter registration centers will be open 12…

Comelec Registration Centers Stay Open on Eid al-Adha

Comelec Registration Centers Stay Open on Eid al-Adha

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec) continues its relentless push to get eligible voters to register their biometric data ahead of next year’s national election. To that end, Comelec kept its registration centers open during the Eid al-Adha holiday this week, and urged eligible voters to take advantage of their free time by getting registered. It…

Philippines Provinces Show Biometric Pride

Philippines Provinces Show Biometric Pride

With the October 31st deadline for voter registration looming as the Philippines prepares for next year’s national election, some of the country’s provinces are vying for bragging rights about how many voters’ biometrics they have collected. The collection of the biometric data is a major, ongoing project of the Commission on Elections, or Comelec, as…

Mayor Champions Biometrics to Terminate Ghost Employees

Mayor Champions Biometrics to Terminate Ghost Employees

The city of Makati, in the Philippines, has started using biometrics to authenticate the identities of city staff. The system was spearheaded by Mayor Romulo “Kid” Peña as a means of reducing fraud. The fraud in question is the issue of “ghost employees” – fictitious individuals drawing salaries on behalf of other city staff. In…

Only 3.1m Voters Left to Register for Philippines’ Biometric Polling

Only 3.1m Voters Left to Register for Philippines’ Biometric Polling

There are only a little over three million eligible voters left who have not yet registered their biometric data with the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (Comelec), the agency has reported. Comelec has been pushing for several months to get as many voters registered as possible in anticipation of next year’s national election, which will rely…

Comelec Targets Narrow, Biometric Registration Continues

Comelec Targets Narrow, Biometric Registration Continues

Officials with the Philippines’ Commission on Elections (or Comelec) are starting to target their messaging on a local level as they seek to register the biometric data of registered voters in anticipation of next year’s national election. Bacolod City’s Comelec registrar, Mavil Majarucon-Sia, has released figures indicating that only two percent of that municipality’s voters…

Comelec Counts Down to Biometric Registration Deadline

Comelec Counts Down to Biometric Registration Deadline

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections, or Comelec, is once again boosting its efforts to get eligible voters’ biometrics registered for next year’s national election. With the October 31 registration deadline fast approaching, Comelec has launched a new media campaign under the banner ‘Walang Forever’, a phrase roughly translating to ‘nothing lasts forever’. The new campaign follows…

COMELEC Presses to Register Four Million Voters’ Biometrics

COMELEC Presses to Register Four Million Voters’ Biometrics

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections, or COMELEC, is stepping up its efforts to register eligible voters’ biometrics in anticipation of the country’s 2016 election. The registration deadline of October 31 is fast approaching, and the country’s Mandatory Biometrics Registration Act of 2013 makes biometric registration mandatory for voters. As COMELEC puts it, ‘No Bio, No…

Philippines Biometric Voter Registration Sees More Progress

Philippines Biometric Voter Registration Sees More Progress

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections, or Comelec, continues to inch forward in getting voters’ biometric data registered in anticipation of the 2016 election. With only a few months left for voter registration, Comelec says that as of June there were about 3.8 million unregistered voters left. That might sound like a lot, but roughly 50 million…

Philippine Police Get Fingerprint Identification System

Philippine Police Get Fingerprint Identification System

The Philippine National Police in Manila now have a new weapon in their arsenal: an Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS). The system comes by way of NEC Corporation, a company widely seen as a market leader in biometrics for law enforcement. AFIS revolves around the collection and matching of fingerprint biometric data. It enables police…

Some Biometric Data Degraded, None Lost: Comelec

Some Biometric Data Degraded, None Lost: Comelec

The Philippines’ Commission on Elections (or ‘Comelec’) has clarified a false alarm about issues with its collection of voters’ biometric data. While there had been reports that Comelec had “lost” some of the data, agency spokesperson James Jimenez has now made clear that no data had been lost, but a small amount had been degraded.…