Good news to our beloved OFWs across the globe.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed the RA 11055 into a law which would require all Filipinos and resident aliens to register for the new national ID card. It took almost six months to implement the Philippine National ID law after the president signed it last August 2018.
The first batch of registration and issuance of the ID will start this September, according to House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, the main author of RA 11055. Those who will be considered include indigents, persons with a disability, and government workers.
About the Mass Registration of PhilSys ID
According to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), the government will launch a mass registration program for Overseas Filipinos Workers (OFWs) by 2020. In a statement, the NEDA declared that OFWs would become a part of the multi-year registration program for the national ID starting this year.
There are four stages in the program which include:
- The first stage will involve procurement, testing of core tech infrastructure, the creation of local PhilSys Registration Office and initial launching of registration in the entire year of 2019.
- The second stage will cover the full implementation of core infrastructure, registration of pre-registered names and development of mass registration procedures, all happening from January to June 2020.
- The third stage will initiate the mass registration of more than 100 million target registrants including OFWs and resident aliens from July to December 2022.
- The final stage will cover the issuance of PhilSys ID numbers to newborn individuals and remaining pre-registered names until December 2022.
How to register for the National ID card
The Philippine Statistics Authority will be held responsible for data gathering and safekeeping of all sensitive information. The PhilSys ID will employ the latest security features similar to passports and bank notes, making the card impossible to be duplicated for fraudulent acts.
Every Filipino or immigrant will be required to visit the local PSA office for the national ID registration, one year after the effectivity of RA 11055. For now, the full information about the application procedures is yet to be released publicly.
Once applicants have established which local government center they should visit, the PSA will then ask them to submit the following documents:
- Birth certificate
- NSO-issued CENOMAR (Certificate of No-Marriage)
- Marriage license
- Driving license (as a supporting document)
During application, registrants will be requested to provide the following information:
- Biometric data (thumbprints, iris and face scans)
- Full name, gender, date, and place of birth
- Blood type
- Permanent address or present known location
- Citizenship (whether Filipino or resident alien)
- Email contact (optional)
- Marital status (optional)
- Mobile number (optional)
The national ID is free of charge and the registered cardholder will be given a permanent PhilSys ID number.
The Benefits of the PhilSys ID card
Filipinos will be able to access all government services with a single card, unifying all forms of IDs such as SSS, GSIS, TIN, Pag-IBIG, NBI, PhilHealth, Voters and Postal ID. PhilSys ID benefits include:
- Regarded as a principal government-issued ID
- Regarded as a valid ID when opening bank accounts, acquiring investment products and settling some tax dues
- Reduces personal expenses when needing multiple IDs
- Applicable over various educational services in both private and public institutions
- Applicable on a passport, LTO, SEC, voting and PRC application
Filipinos will have the ease of doing business either with the government or private sectors as this large-scale project has finally come into fruition.