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Bernadette Herrera-Dy questions basis for awarding P4B nat’l ID contract to lone bidder

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BH party-list Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy wants the National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) to explain its basis for awarding the P4-billion supply contract for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or the national ID project to the lone bidder, Madras Security Printers Private Ltd. (MSP).

During the initial budget hearing conducted by the House Committee on Appropriations last Sept. 4, Herrera-Dy asked NEDA why the Bids and Awards Committee added a certain provision to the terms of reference that made MSP the only qualified bidder.

“Why did we change in the middle of the game the terms of reference from 100 percent cloud implementation to a hybrid approach of on-premise and cloud implementation which, according to the Philippine Computer Society (PCS) Foundation, is very risky and a first of its kind?” she asked.

Herrera-Dy said she is worried over MSP, an India-based printing technology company, due to its alleged “reputation for corruption.”

The PCS Foundation had earlier expressed concern over the use of a hybrid cloud system architecture for the Modular Open Source Identity Platform (MOSIP), the technology to be used for the national ID system.

In its July 30, 2020 letter to the PSA, the PCS Foundation said that from its research and understanding of MOSIP, it works at an optimum when the app, web and database servers are all hosted in the cloud.

“The hybrid approach would be the first implementation of its kind and this is very risky undertaking by the PSA,” the foundation warned.