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In brief

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.

Recommended actions

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.


Bienvenido Marquez III is a partner in Quisumbing Torres' Intellectual Property, Data and Technology Practice Group. He also co-heads the Consumer Goods & Retail Industry Group and is a member of the Technology, Media & Telecommunications Group. He participates in initiatives of Baker & McKenzie International of which Quisumbing Torres is a member firm. He is a member of Baker McKenzie's Asia Pacific Intellectual Property Business Unit for Brand Enforcement. He is immediate Past President of the Philippine Chapter of the Licensing Executives Society International (2019-2021), and is currently co-chair of the LESI Asia Pacific. He is also a member of the Anti-Counterfeiting Committee of the International Trademarks Association (INTA). He has been appointed as member of the INTA Asia Global Advisory Council (GAC) for 2022 to 2023, making him the only Philippine representative on the council.

Bien has vast experience in handling IP enforcement litigation, trademark and patent prosecution and maintenance, copyright, data privacy, information security, IT, telecommunications, e-commerce, electronic transactions, cyber security and cybercrime. He has been consistently ranked as a leading individual for Intellectual Property and TMT in Legal 500 Asia Pacific, Chambers Asia Pacific, asialaw Leading Lawyers, Managing IP Stars, Asia IP, and World Trademark Review. He was also recognized as a Volunteer Service Awardee by INTA in 2018.


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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