Dry Run For National ID Registration Starts On September 2

The national ID registration pilot testing is set to start on September 2, 2019, according to Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia in yesterday’s economic forum hosted by the Economic Journalists Association.

The target number of ID registrants

The dry run will take place until December this year and intends to register a significant number of Filipinos in the country. Pernia said that the government aims to cover 15 million registrants in the first year of the implementation and another 50 million registrants by 2021.

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He added that the government would ramp up the implementation once the test becomes successful. The national ID system would cover around 107 million Filipinos including OFWs and alien residents in the Philippines by the end of Duterte’s administration.  

The ID will contain your demographic and biometric data

The physical card will bear the following demographic information of the holder:

  • Full name
  • Sex
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Blood type
  • Address
  • Filipino or resident alien
  • Marital status (optional)
  • Mobile number (optional)
  • Email address (optional)

The following biometric data will also be collected:

  • Front-facing photo
  • Iris scan
  • Full set of fingerprints
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Hassle-free public and private transactions

To recall, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act 11055 or Philippine Identification System Act in August 2018 aiming to create a single official identification card for all Filipino citizens that would interconnect government-issued IDs. This means that there is no need to present other forms of identification when transacting with the government and private sectors such as applying for social welfare and benefits. 

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Particularly, those who lack the proper government-issued IDs will benefit the national ID system as the information in the PhilSys is sufficient proof of the identity of any Filipino citizen. This translates into improved delivery of government services, especially in the poor and marginalized group.

Where and how registration takes place

To proceed with the registration, a person needs to fill out the registration form and present any of the primary documents such as birth certificate, passport, UMID card, or an alien certificate of registration whichever is applicable.  

He or she can go to the following centers and have his or her demographic and biometric information captured:

  • Commission on Elections (COMELEC)
  • Government Service Insurance System (GSIS)
  • Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF)
  • Local Civil Registry Offices (LCROs)
  • PSA Regional and Provincial Offices
  • Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PHIC)
  • Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost)
  • Social Security System (SSS)
  • Other government agencies and GOCCS as may be assigned by PSA
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Government offices to handle any privacy issues

To secure the personal information of the ID holder, the government assigned the Department of Information and Communications Technology, the  National Privacy Commission, the Philippines Statistics Authority, and the multi-agency PhilSystem Policy and Coordinating Council to address privacy concerns related to the implementation of the national ID system. 

Source: CNN Philippines