"No one wants to stand in line for a long time at civil affairs." Keeping a good record of personal data on the islands is more important than people often think.

Dit item is gearchiveerd op 30-12-2022.

ORANJESTAD - On November 14 and 15, Curaçao held another Platform for Personal Information Provision of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (PIVA).

This platform meets twice a year to ensure:

  • good quality of personal data;
  • proper registration of (new) personal data;
  • better cooperation between the islands and the Netherlands;
  • policymakers understand the importance of proper civil registries. In addition, there is enough attention and available resources to achieve these goals.

It was the first time after the COVID period that the members of PIVA saw each other again. Together they looked at the policies of the PIVA platform and civic administration. For example, they discussed the quality of (digital) services and working with data. There were also challenges to eliminating problems causing delays. As a result, some departments cannot meet their goals.

Meeting Platform for Personal Information Provision of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (PIVA) in Curacao.Each island within the Kingdom maintains the personal data of its inhabitants. It is what the civil affairs departments must do properly. The data must be reliable, especially if you want to digitize in the future. The civil affairs departments on the various islands must therefore function well and act correctly according to the law.
That provides a solid foundation. Many things depend on it. If it does not work well, other departments cannot move forward because they have to wait too long for the requested information. Plus, no one wants to stand in line for a long time in civil affairs.

The citizen wants quick and proper service. And that makes sense. And preferably not have to go from counter to counter to counter. In short, good basic is about having reliable data and employees with the proper knowledge at the right level.

What is the biggest challenge of the PIVA Platform?

The legislations within the Kingdom are sometimes different, yet they use the same system. It is quite a challenge to work together despite the differences. The PIVA is a system used by all six islands. Each island has its PIVA that is in contact with the PIVAs of the other islands. Thus, a person can only register on one island within the Kingdom. But an error can move to another island or the Netherlands. If a person moves, the error can also move with him.

More and more differences

There are more and more differences between the kept data on these islands. It applies to the population and civil status records (the source for all data). The reason is that since October 10, 2010, the countries make their laws for keeping population records. For public bodies, however, there is one legislation. Therefore, good cooperation is essential. It is also important to make agreements with each other about the consequence of these differences on the population records.

PIVA platform

Meeting Platform for Personal Information Provision of the Netherlands Antilles and Aruba (PIVA) in Curacao.The PIVA platform consists of the heads of the civil affairs departments from Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, St. Eustatius, St. Maarten, the cabinets of governors of Aruba, Curaçao, and St. Maarten, the Kingdom Office for Identity Data, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and the Department of Digital Government (DO). There were 28 people in attendance. Several members made presentations. Members received the latest information on the digitization agenda of the State and the campaign on ID fraud. Also discussed was the diploma system for employee certification as created by the NVVB. The NVVB is the Dutch Association for Civil Affairs. Of course, they also paid much attention to the consequences of the BSN (Citizen Service Number), which will now also be used in the Caribbean Netherlands. Finally, they gave a brief account of the plans for 2023.

It is not always about the content but the process. If you want success, you have to be connected.

it is not always easy to work together on the same goal within the Kingdom. Especially when there are different laws. Each island has its own story and culture. Then it is essential to realize that you are together. Artist Omar Sling gave a workshop for the platform. Omar did so in Flor de Marie, a community center in the middle of Schaarloo. The assignment: make a musical instrument with disposable materials and then make music together. Think simple, then there are always possibilities. As long as you keep an open mind and look at the opportunities. Do not look at what you cannot do. Omar showed that to make music, you must work together to reach an agreement. Otherwise, it is not possible to make music together. A beautiful thought, that symbolizes good future cooperation.

The members look back on a good time together.

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