June 10, 2021

PhilID data is protected by three critical components

Filipinos should be aware of the three major components of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) now that the Philippines has established itself on the world map with the formation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

The PhilSys Number (PSN), Philippine Identification Card (physical ID card), and PhilSys Registry are the three.

The PSN is the registrant’s randomly generated and permanent identifying number, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

In a recent online post, the PSA said, “It includes very sensitive data and should remain discreet.”

The registrant’s PSN will be registered with all government entities.

“All government agencies, including government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), shall incorporate the PSN, or its derivative, of covered individuals in their identification systems and databases, which shall be the standard number for the individual across all government agencies,” according to the Implementing Rules and Regulations (IRR).

The registrant’s demographic and biometric information collected during Steps 1 and 2 of the registration procedure is stored in the PhilID.

According to the PSA, the card has a PhilID Number (PCN) that will be utilized for transactions to safeguard the PSN.

“In dealings with all national government agencies, local government units, GOCCs, government financial institutions, state universities and colleges, and all private sector entities, the PhillD shall serve as the official government-issued identification document of cardholders,” according to the IRR.

All registered records for the unified database are stored in the PhilSys Registry.

The PSA is in charge of the PhilSys Registry, which ensures the safety and security of all records.

The PSA will update a registrant’s demographic information if he wishes to amend any details.

“These three components allow PhilSys to create a centralized, inclusive, and digitized identity system,” PSA stated.

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 immigrants.

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 users would only need to provide one form of identification during transactions.

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