The Manila Times : DepEd wants easier digital signature process

29 June 2021

By kathreen Cruz | The Manila Times

THE Department of Education (DepEd) has asked the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to allow the bulk processing of the application for digital signatures of 900,000 teachers who will serve in the elections next year.

Acquiring a Philippine National Public Key Infrastructure digital signature is a new requirement of the Commission on Elections for teachers who will serve in the national elections in 2022.

The digital signature is a virtual key that is used to secure files sent over an unsecured public network like the internet.

In a letter, the Education department asked the DICT to make it easier for teachers to acquire their digital signatures by waiving the requirement to fill up individual application forms.

"In previous discussions with the DICT, the requirements for individual interviews and supporting IDs have been waived. However, DepEd is further requesting the waiving of the requirement for individual application forms as this may be cumbersome to check individually for errors," DepEd said in a statement.

DepEd also proposed to have an institutional application in place of individual applications and to submit documents to DICT that will include a spreadsheet file containing employees' verified data certified by the Human Resources Division.

"This proposal will guarantee our teachers will not be burdened by rigorous steps and requirements anymore," Education Undersecretary for Administration Alain Pascua said.

Education Secretary Leonor Briones gave assurances her department will take steps to ensure smooth elections in 2022.

"We are continuously cooperating with our lead agencies to have a secure and peaceful election, and part of our commitment is to ensure our teachers are protected and given proper support," she said.