DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or Philippine ID is a bold move of the national government to be at par with other nations which have long been using National IDs.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), in its post on June 22, said the PhilSys Act has removed the Philippines from the nine remaining countries without a National ID.
The PSA said with the PhilID now a law, the Philippines will be joining other nations which are enjoying the world of digitalization and better delivery of services.
“National IDs worldwide have paved the way for digitalization and better delivery of services,” it said.
National ID worldwide has many uses. One of which is its usefulness for paperless transactions.
“There are many uses for the National ID worldwide. Paperless transactions have been on the rise thanks to digital National IDs,” the PSA said.
In other nations, National ID has also been a big help in medical emergencies. It can track the medical records and health information of patients.
“The National ID is also being used for better targeting for social and health services. Even in education, the National ID is a big help by tracking the educational progress of students,” the PSA said.
The Philippine Government is targeting to register up to 70 million Filipinos and resident aliens by the end of 2022. By that year, it is also expected the Philippines will start to embrace a better world brought about with a National ID.
“For questions on the National ID or the PhilSys, people can send a message at m.me/PSAPhilSysOfficial, email the PSA at email@example.com, or call 1388 (fees may apply).”
Signed into law by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in August 2018, Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act, aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.
The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity that shall be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrollment in schools, and the opening of bank accounts.
It will also boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present one ID during transactions. (PNA)