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14 September 2012

Philippines hopes biometric ID will foil fraud at the ATM

Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, a Philippines social welfare program, plans to introduce biometric ID as a means to fight fraud in the distribution of government cash grants to extremely poor families.

According to an article by Biometric Update, program beneficiaries have been using their ATM cards for the program as collateral for loan sharks, who use the account holder's ID to obtain payments. The biometric program will ensure that they withdraw the cash personally.

The biometric program will "improve the modes of releasing cash aid and the recording of data of the project’s beneficiaries,” Department of Social Welfare and Development Regional Director Leticia Diokno told the publication.

The system has already undergone testing and will be introduced in a limited program during the last half of August. If the program works as planned, it will be further expanded from there. 

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