The congres-sional over-sight committee Tuesday headed by no less than the House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and all supporting agencies and our three congressmen conducted a public hearing at the Bethel Guest House in Dumaguete on the implementing rules of the national ID system, the new RA11055 otherwise known as the National ID Systems Act.
The Philippine Identification System is a system that centralizes all personal information of Filipino citizens and resident aliens and generates a Philippine ID (PhilID) and PhilSys Number (PSN) that will be used to authenticate their identity in all government and private sector transactions. This includes applications for drivers’ license, passport, tax-related transactions, voters’ registration, application to schools, and bank transactions.
This means that there will be no need to provide government offices or private establishments with multiple IDs (license, passport, TIN ID, etc) just to prove your identity. Providing your PhilID or PSN will be deemed as sufficient proof of identity, subject to verification.
- This year, or one year from the effectivity of this law, citizens and resident aliens can register in person with the PSA or the Philipines Statistics Authority or such other specified government offices such as:
- PSA Regional and Provincial Offices, the Civil Registry office, GSIS, SSS, Phil Health offices, Pagibig fund office, Comelec, the post office and those assigned to receive applications for a national ID for you.
Registration is not mandatory. If you don’t want any national ID for any reason at all, you are not forced to secure one…..To speed up processing, you can provide a birth certificate (for citizens) or proof of residence (for resident aliens).
Any time this year, , one million unconditional cash transfer beneficiaries will be asked to register for a PhilSys ID. The Philippine Statistics Authority also introduces the national ID system logo.
If you live abroad, you may register with the Philippine embassy in your area or any registeration center designated by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
What type of information will a person be asked to provide in order to get into the national ID system.
- Full name, sex, date and place of birth, blood type, address, your citizenship, front facing photo, full sets of fingerprints, iris scan, with optional information about marital status, mobile number or email addresses.
The law imposes penalties of fines or imprisonment for any person who illegally discloses any PhilSys information or uses it for unauthorized purposes. Personal data may only be disclosed to enforcement or security agencies in the interest of public safety and only upon court order. In such a case, the owner of the information must be notified within 72 hours of the disclosure.
Who’s in charge?
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is the government agency tasked with implementing the law with the technical assistance of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).
Something to note: It’s important to point out that the Phil ID System will also record every instance you use your PhilID or PSN in a transaction, aside from any modification of personal information. Privacy experts have said this could lead to “dataveillance” or a comprehensive surveillance system that tracks a person’s activities over an extended period. That is why getting a national ID is not mandatory.
But nonetheless, getting a national ID will certainly speed up your transaction with government otherwise you will have to fall in line if you don’t have a National ID with you.—