September 01, 2018

National ID for PH Locals and Resident aliens to be launched in December 2018

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  • The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will be ushering in the new Philippine Identification System or PhilSys starting December this year. This was confirmed by National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Lisa Grace S. Bersales during the National Economic and Development Authority’s (NEDA) #AskNEDA Media Briefing on August 24–a day before the PhilSys law took effect.

    National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Lisa Grace S. Bersales smiles as she ends her presentation regarding the PhilSys., during the #AskNEDA Media Briefing./IMAGE courtesy of NEDA Facebook page

    The PhilSys will act as a valid proof of identity geared towards easier government transactions and will be initiated in a million households in three regions, namely the National Capital Region (NCR), Region IV-A (CALABARZON), and the Cordillera Autonomous Region (CAR).

    Clarifications on the PhilSys and PhilID

    Bersales, during the #AskNEDA Media Briefing, also clarified a few misconceptions and emphasized some features of both the PhilSys and the PhilID.

    According to her, the PhilSys registry will not be a big storage of data, paving the way for data privacy concerns. Instead, the PhilID will only include a citizen or a resident alien’s demographic and biometric data only, which will then serve as a sole proof of one’s identity. Moreover, the National Statistician also wanted to reiterate that the PhilID is entirely free upon first registration and will only cost an individual if the PhilID is lost and needs to be reproduced.

    PhilSys will also ultimately include Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) and the Filipinos living abroad.

    Above is the proposed PhilID Card released by the PSA, as shared by Rowena Salvacion of DZBB 594KHZ on Twitter./IMAGE courtesy of Philippine Statistics Authority

    Also Read: Duterte Signs Free Centralized ID System for Filipinos and Expats into Law

    Registration Centers

    In her speech, Bersales also mentioned the registration centers, cited within the law. These centers include the PSA Regional and Provincial Offices, Local Civil Registry Offices, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-Ibig), Commission on Elections (Comelec), Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost), which also conducts the registration for the Social Security System (SSS), and other assigned government agencies.

    For OFWs and other Filipinos abroad, the PSA also partners with the Department of Foreign Affairs for registration on foreign posts.

    #AskNEDA Media Briefing on the Philippine ID System

    #AskNEDA on National ID System

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    Current Status of PhilSys. and What to Expect

    “There is no final design of the (PhilID Card) yet,” says Bersales during the assembly, which is why workshops are conducted for the “development of technical specifications for the PhilCard ID design, ongoing until September this year. Also, as a 3-month awareness campaign is required by the law for the promotion of the PhilSys, PSA delegated the month of September to November as the campaign period.

    Finally, as PSA considers the advice of the National Privacy Commission (NPC), they will be conducting a Privacy Assessment from October to December “to check the implementation part” of the new ID system, this according to PSA’s Bersales.

    Source: National Economic and Development Authority’s #AskNEDA Media Briefing
    Featured Image courtesy of UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO)

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