UNISYS Public Sector Services Corporation on Friday sealed the deal to undertake the Philippine Statistics Authority’s (PSA) P1.59-billion project to improve the country’s civil registry system.

Representatives of Unisys and the PSA signed the concession agreement for Phase 2 of the Civil Registry System Information Technology Project (CRS-ITP).

Unisys was the only company to submit a bid for the Aquino administration’s last public private partnership (PPP) project last June 10. Two other pre-qualified bidders, Morpho-Filmetrics-Frey Consortium and PNJ Partnership Consortium, did not participate in the bidding.

In a statement, the PPP Center said the project is expected to take two years to develop, including the construction of a new building and the development of the entirely new IT system.

Unisys will finance, design, develop, operate and maintain the civil registry system for the PSA. It will collect, access, store, maintain and manage civil registry documents and the specimen signatures of all city and municipal registrars using imaging technology.

The project also includes production of vital statistics and will make the civil registry services available nationwide.

“The project is also seen to provide enhanced frontline civil registry services such as copy issuance of birth, marriage and death certificates, authentication, certificate of no marriage/advisory on marriage and new services,” the PPP Center said.

The contract for Phase 1 of the CRS-ITP, which began more than a decade ago, expired in 2012. It was extended twice, first in 2015, and now up to March 2017.

The NEDA Board, chaired by then President Benigno S. C. Aquino III, approved the project on July 15, 2015.

Since Unisys was the sole bidder for the PPP project, its bid had to be submitted to the NEDA-Investment Coordination Committee (NEDA-ICC) for approval of the rate of return.

The PSA issued the notice of award to Unisys on Sept. 6.

01 October 2016