June 25, 2021

PhilSys is PH’s first foray into the digital realm

The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), also known as Philippine ID, is a bold effort by the national government to catch up to other countries that have long used national IDs.

In a post on June 22, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said that the PhilSys Act has removed the Philippines off the list of nine nations that do not have a national ID.

According to the PSA, now that the PhilID is a law, the Philippines will join other countries that are benefiting from digitization and improved service delivery.

“National IDs have paved the path for digitization and improved service delivery across the world,” it said.

There are many applications for national identification throughout the globe. One of them is the fact that it may be used for paperless transactions.

“The National ID has a broad range of applications throughout the globe. Because of digital National IDs, paperless transactions are on the increase, according to the PSA.

National ID has been shown to be useful in medical crises in other countries. It may keep track of a patient’s medical records and health information.

“The National ID is also being utilized to improve social and health service targeting. Even in education, the National ID is useful in monitoring pupils’ scholastic development, according to the PSA.

By the end of 2022, the Philippine government hopes to have registered up to 70 million Filipinos and permanent immigrants. It is also anticipated that by that year, the Philippines would begin to embrace a better future brought about by a National ID.

“People may send a message to PSAPhilSysOfficial@m.me/PSAPhilSysOfficial, contact the PSA at info@philsys.gov.ph, or phone 1388 (fees may apply) with queries about the National ID or the PhilSys.”

President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act, into law in August 2018, with the goal of creating a single national ID for all Filipinos and permanent foreigners.

The national ID will serve as a legitimate evidence of identification that will make public and private transactions, school enrollment, and bank account opening easier.

It will also improve efficiency, particularly when interacting with government services, since individuals would only need to show one form of identification during transactions.

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