University of the Philippines High-tech Identification System
UP President Danilo Concepcion (second from left) and PayMaya Founder and CEO Orlando Vea (third from left) show the mock-ups of the new UP ID for employees and students. Photo by Misael Bacani, UP MPRO

The University of the Philippines (UP) will start using a new identification system by August 2019.

The new and improved radio frequency identification (RFID)/near-field communication (NFC) UP cards will replace the barcoded UP ID currently used by students and employees of the country’s premier state university.

The new UP ID cards will also function as an e-wallet, using the system of PayMaya to allow students to receive their allowances and stipends, pay for dormitory and other school fees, among others.

UP announced the RFID/NFC UP ID will primarily be used for internal University transactions such as those in libraries, offices, and cafeterias, as well as for access and timekeeping.

The university also clarified that students and employees across the UP System will have the option to avail of PayMaya’s financial services that are external to the University. The non-UP PayMaya services will need to be activated by the users and covered by a separate private and personal agreement with PayMaya.

The UP and PayMaya agreement was signed on June 20 and covers the creation and deployment of the cards as well as the accompanying facilities needed for the use of the new UP ID.

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