It was August 2018 when President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Philippine ID System Law and after more than six months, it is all systems go for the national ID system based on its timeline.
According to House Speaker Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, the principal author or the Republic Act 11055, the first batch of registration will start this September and the issuance of the first ID will take on the same month.
The following are the first to register;
- People With Disabilities
- Government Workers
The following information should be gathered;
- Biometrics (thumbprints, iris and face scanning)
- Full Name
- Date and Place of Birth
- Blood Type
- Citizenship (A Filipino or a resident alien)
- Marital Status (optional)
- Mobile Number (optional)
- Email Address (optional)
The National ID is free and the registrant will be given his or her permanent ID number. Among the benefits of the national ID include:
- The ID will serve as an official government-issued identification document
- It can be used when applying for a passport and driver’s license
- It will reduce the cost of having to apply for multiple valid IDs
- It can be used for voting registration and identification
- Opening bank accounts and tax-related transactions
The ID will consolidate government-issued IDs such as PhilHealth, GSIS, Pag-ibig, SSS, NBI, TIN, postal ID, barangay, and voter’s ID
For Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said the government is planning to conduct a mass registration for OFWs by mid-2020.
The NEDA said in a statement that OFWs from different parts of the world will be part of the multiphase registration programme for the national ID.
Under the plan, there are four phases in the implementation of the National ID system as follows;
- Phase 1 (January to December 2019) will involve procurement, testing of core technology infrastructure, organizational development of the PhilSys Registry Office (PRO), and launch of target registration.
- Phase 2 (January to June 2020) will entail the development and full operationalization of core technology infrastructure, development of a mass registration ecosystem, use case development, and registration of pre-registered persons.
- Phase 3 (July 2020 to June 2022) will undertake mass registration of 110 million Filipinos and resident aliens, including overseas Filipinos.
- Phase 4 (July 2022 to December 2022) will involve issuing of PhilSys Numbers (PSNs) to newborns.