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On 4 June 2021, the Philippine National Privacy Commission (NPC) announced that it will be holding off the launch of its eRehistro system1 in order “to make way for a complete solution that integrates all the services related to data privacy compliance.”

Additionally, the NPC has again extended the validity of existing Data Protection Officer (DPO) registrations issued in 2019 and 2020 to 8 March 2022.

In the meantime, the NPC advised that it will continue to accept applications for, and amendments to, DPO registrations through its manual registration process by electronic mail.


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Clients covered by the registration requirement are advised to continue to use the NPC’s manual registration process for purposes of registering and or amending its DPO registration with the commission.

Furthermore, clients are encouraged to check the NPC’s official website and its official Facebook page to stay up-to-date with developments regarding the eRehistro system.

Our Firm continues to closely monitor this matter, and we shall provide more updates as they arise. To learn more about eRehistro, please check our previous client alerts:


1 The eRehistro system is the NPC’s new online registration and renewal platform for both Phase 1: Data Protection Officer and Phase 2: Data Processing System registrations.

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Bienvenido Marquez III is a partner and head of Quisumbing Torres' Intellectual Property Practice Group and Information Technology & Communications Industry Group. He is also a member of Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Steering Committee. He is experienced in handling IP enforcement litigation, trademark and patent prosecution and maintenance, copyright, data privacy, information security, IT, telecommunications, e-commerce, electronic transactions and cybercrime matters. He also counsels clients on compliance with consumer product laws, including packaging, labeling and regulatory requirements for food, drugs and devices and cosmetics, and conducts administrative litigation relating to the same.

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Divina Ilas-Panganiban is a partner in Quisumbing Torres’ Intellectual Property and Information Technology & Communications practices. She has 15 years of experience in the fields of intellectual property law, commercial law and litigation. She currently serves as the Vice-President and Director of the Philippine Chapter of Licensing Executives Society International. Ms. Panganiban often serves as resource speaker in local and international seminars on IP and IT laws.

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Jose Angelo Tiglao is an associate with the Intellectual Property, Data and Technology Practice Group as well as the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Industry Group at Quisumbing Torres. He ranked sixth in his batch upon graduation from De La Salle University College of Law, where he also received the Most Outstanding Thesis award for his thesis on social media and fake news regulation in the Philippines. He is both a Certified Information Privacy Professional (Europe) and a Certified Information Privacy Manager by the International Association of Privacy Professionals (IAPP) and is currently the Assistant Corporate Secretary of the Licensing Executives Society Philippines.

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