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9 Sept 3 (2)

As anticipated, the PSA began the pilot run for national ID registration last Sunday, September 1, 2019.  They are currently focused on having DSWD beneficiaries in Metro Manila registered to the national ID system.  Government employees, particularly the employees of the PSA are also counted in the pilot run.

According to the information we gathered from the PSA website, they are on track to have the national ID system fully operational for the mass registration expected to happen by mid-2020.  All Filipinos are expected to register and get their own national IDs in two years’ time; registration is expected to wrap up by mid-2022 for about 107 million Pinoys.

Requirements for national ID registration

  1. The PSA birth certificate remains to be one of the primary documentary requirements for the national ID registration. While it is true that other IDs are likewise accepted such as passports, UMID, GSIS, and SSS IDs, the fact still remains that not all Filipinos possess these IDs. Your birth certificate is still your best option and that is why it is foremost in the PSA’s list of acceptable documents for registration.
  2. Other acceptable IDs are:
  • Philippine ePassport issued by the DFA
  • Unified Multi-purpose ID (UMID) card issued by the GSIS or SSS
  • Other equivalent identification documents as may be determined in the guidelines issued by the PSA.

This means that you are to bring your PSA birth certificate AND one government-issued ID with your full name, photo, and signature or thumb mark (such as your PhilHealth ID, voter’s ID, driver’s license, etc.).

If you do not have a copy of your PSA birth certificate, you can use your passport, UMID, GSIS, or SSS IDs, plus one other government-issued ID (such as your PhilHealth ID, voter’s ID, driver’s license, etc.) as long as it has your full name, photo, and signature or thumb mark.

Why do you need a national ID?

The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity for all Filipinos and will allow access to government and private sector services and transactions.  It is expected to discourage and completely eliminate bureaucratic red tape as owners no longer need to provide most other forms of identification when transacting.

If you have a national ID, you also essentially have an ID for DSWD (if you are a beneficiary), PhilHealth, Social Security System, and Government Service Insurance System (if you are a government employee).  You will use your national ID for eligibility, services, and access to:

  • Social welfare and benefits granted by the government
  • Passports, driver’s licenses
  • Tax-related transactions
  • Admission in schools and government hospitals
  • Opening of bank accounts
  • Registration and voting purposes
  • Transactions for employment purposes
  • Cardholder’s criminal records and clearances.

What it does not replace are:

  • Driver’s licenses
  • Passports
  • UMID (for social security transactions)

I will share with you how you can easily get a copy of your PSA birth certificate in my next blog.  Meantime, check out our previous blogs about the national ID:

National ID for Children Below 5 Years Old

List of Registration Centers Where You Can Get Your National ID

What Personal Information Will Be Placed In Your National ID?

What Are The Documentary Requirements For The National ID Registration?







5 May 15 B

Children must be issued their very own National IDs as well.  Most parents may ask how soon after a child is born, can he be registered and listed as an owner of a National ID?

Here are the guidelines set by the PSA for the national ID registration of children:

  1. Children below five years old shall be collected their demographic information and front-facing photograph. No biometric details will be collected yet.
  2. The PhilSys Number (PSN) of a child below 5 years old shall be linked to that of his or her parents’ or guardian.
  3. Children aged five to 14 years old shall be collected their biometric information upon registration. This will be recaptured once they reach 15 years of age.

Children must be accompanied by their parents or guardians during registration and bring a copy of the child’s PSA birth certificate.

Source: https://bit.ly/2Tfvhyv (pdf copy of the PhilSys IRR)



5 May 02

A National ID applicant will be required to submit his PSA birth certificate upon registration and majority of the information that will be placed in his ID will be lifted from his birth certificate.  Below are the demographic and biometric information that will be collected from you when you apply for a National ID:

  1. Demographic Data
  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Blood type
  • Address
    1. Permanent address
    2. Present address (optional)
  • Filipino or resident alien
  • Marital Status (optional)
  • Mobile Number (optional)
  • Email Address (optional)

Take note that the first four items (full name, gender, date of birth, and place of birth) shall all be lifted from your PSA birth certificate.  It is best to be sure that your birth certificate is free from errors such as misspelled names, incorrect gender, incorrect date of birth and place of birth.

2. Biometric Information

  • Front-facing photograph
  • Full set of fingerprints
  • Iris Scan

The Philippine Statistics Authority shall apply exceptions to applicants who have visual or physical impairments that make it impossible to collect their biometric information.

If you still do not have a copy of your PSA birth certificate, you can order at the www.psahelpline.ph and have the documents delivered to you.

Source: http://www.psa.gov.ph


3 Mar 15a

It’s ‘all systems go’ for the national ID system by September 2019, as announced by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) this week.  The government is targeting about six million individuals to be registered to the national ID system, kicking off the distribution of about 100 million ID cards to all Filipino citizens and resident aliens by 2022.

Who are first in line for the National ID system?

According to the PSA Deputy National Statistician, the following shall get first dibs on national ID registration and ownership:

  • Indigents
  • People with Disabilities (PWD)
  • Government workers in several key areas all over the country.

What information will be gathered from the registrants?

  • Biometrics (thumbprint, iris and face scanning)
  • Full name
  • Gender
  • Date and place of birth
  • Blood type
  • Address
  • Citizenship (as the National ID is also open for resident aliens)

The registrants have the option to give out their marital status, mobile numbers, and email addresses.

How soon can the registrants receive the IDs and is there a fee to be paid?

The registration is free of charge, except when the owner loses the card and wishes to be issued a new one.  After the registration, the person will be issued a permanent ID number and will be advised to wait a few days for the actual ID card.

A primary requirement when applying for your National ID is your PSA birth certificate. Make sure you have a copy printed on the PSA’s Security Paper (SECPA) as early as now.




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2 Feb 06

Do not fall for social media posts saying that the creation and distribution of National IDs have already begun.  This is not true.

I chanced upon a Facebook post last month announcing that Filipinos may start claiming their IDs by December 2018, even citing a TV station as its source.  The post was shared more than 185,000 times.

This information is misleading.  We featured this same topic last month and based on our research, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the agency tasked to manage the National ID implementation, is still in the process of establishing the Philsys Registry Office (PRO).  The PRO shall then oversee the creation and management of the ID system.

In a recent interview with GMA News, the PSA reported that the registration for the first batch of Filipinos and resident aliens for National ID shall begin by the fourth quarter of 2019 and that no registration has started yet.

So do not believe everything that you see in your social media feed.  Always check with reliable sources such as the official pages of news networks, government agencies, and of course, the Master Citizen page!




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1 jan 07

A lot of people have been asking when the PhilSys ID (or National ID) will be implemented so we did some research to find out.

Earlier, we mentioned that the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has been assigned to manage the implementation of the national ID system. Last October 2018, the PSA announced that they shall begin a “proof of concept” trial period for the issuance of the said identification cards.

In order to test the process created for the project, one million unconditional cash transfer beneficiaries of the DSWD will be asked to register for national IDs.  They shall also be given the privilege to begin using their national IDs ahead of other Pinoys.  The POC shall be carried out by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) by virtue of an agency-to-agency agreement with the PSA.  This will last around six months and is set to start this month.

From this test run, the PSA hopes to identify areas of the system that need adjustments.  Any fine-tuning needed for the registration process or technical specification shall be indicated in the contract prior to the full implementation of the program.

This year, PSA is targeting to register the first six million Filipinos that are listed as Unconditional Cash Transfer Beneficiaries (UCTB).  And by 2020, they shall target the registration of 25 million Filipinos and resident aliens every year.  By 2023, all Pinoys shall have his own PhilSys ID.

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Sept 19

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is anticipated to pilot run the National ID system in December this year, targeting one million Filipinos to be given their very own national ID under the Philippine Identification System.  The national ID shall be honored in both private and government transactions, especially those that require the confirmation of a person’s identity, marital status, birth, and other pertinent personal information.

Application Requirements

All Filipinos residing in and outside the country are encouraged to secure their own national IDs as soon as the government opens its doors for applications.  The only requirement at this point is your PSA birth certificate to be presented during application.  This may be the best time to secure a copy of your birth certificate so you can be first in line when PSA starts accepting ID applications.

You can have your PSA birth certificate delivered to you by ordering online at www.psahelpline.ph.

Quick Facts About the National ID

  • The ID will contain 10 basic information: the owner’s full name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, address, and citizenship (whether he is a Filipino or an alien).
  • Optional information are: marital status, mobile number, and email addresses.  These are subject to change over time.
  • Biometric information to be collected from the applicant are: front-facing photograph, full set of fingerprints, and iris scan.
  • Parents can register their children for a PhilSys Number (PSN) as soon as the child is issued his birth certificate.  The child’s biometric information will only be captured when he turns five years old and will be repeated by the time he turns 15 to 18 years old.
  • The national ID shall not be considered to replace the Philippine Passport, a Professional Regulation Commission license, and a driver’s license.

The rest of the details of the National ID, its requirements and processes, shall be released to the public as soon as the Implementing Rules and Regulations have been finalized.

Reference: www.psa.gov.ph

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Sooner than later, we shall be required to register with the Philippine ID system and get our very own national ID.  On August 6, 2018, the President signed the national ID system bill into law, mandating the government to create a single official identification card for all of the country’s citizens and foreign residents.

What does this mean to Filipinos?

A centralized database for the vital information of all residents of the country will be implemented to speed up and improve the delivery of government services.  Pinoys no longer need to present multiple government-issued IDs for their transactions with government offices and private establishments.

How does it work and how will the government collect our information?

Every resident shall be required to register with the system and will be issued a randomly generated, unique, and permanent ID number or Common Reference Number (CRN).  Information to be collected from registrants are:

  1. Name
  2. Sex
  3. Date of Birth
  4. Place of Birth
  5. Address
  6. Biometric information such as facial image, full set of fingerprints, iris scan, and other identifiable features that are necessary.
  7. Mobile numbers and email address are optional.

What do I need to present when applying for a National ID?

Local residents need only to present their PSA birth certificate while resident aliens need to execute a certification of their status.  Additional documents may be required during evaluation.

How much do we need to pay to get a National ID?

Registration is free of charge; Pinoys residing abroad are likewise encouraged to sign up with the embassy or consular officer where they are located.

Where can we use the National ID?

Specific transactions that the ID can be used for:

  • Applying for social welfare and benefits
  • Applying for services offered by the GSIS, SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, and other government agencies.
  • Applying for passport and driver’s licenses.
  • Tax-related transactions.
  • Registration and voting identification purposes.
  • Applying for schools, colleges, universities, and other learning institutions.
  • Applying for employment and other related transactions.
  • Opening bank accounts and other transactions with banks and financial institutions.
  • Verifying criminal records and clearances.
  • Other transactions defined in the implementing rules and regulations (IRR).

Who shall handle all of our personal data?

The National ID system shall be implemented by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA – formerly NSO).  The same agency where we secure copies of our certified civil registry documents such as birth, marriage, death, and CENOMAR.

If you have further questions about the National ID system, send us an email and we will do our best to find the answers for you.

Source: www.abs-cbn.com

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June 04

Apart from our birth and marriage certificates, the PSA will also be assigned to manage the national ID system once it is signed into law.

What are the personal information that the PSA will collect to form part of the national ID?

  1. Common Reference Number or CRN and other basic information.
  2. Biometrics
  3. Voter’s ID,
  4. Philippine Passport Number
  5. Taxpayer’s Identification Number (TIN)
  6. Philippine Health Insurance Number (PhilHealth)
  7. Professional Regulation Commission license number (PRC)
  8. Driver’s License Number

The PSA is authorized to release a person’s data only under the following conditions:

  • Upon the consent of the registered person, specific to the purpose prior to the processing.
  • Upon risk of public health and safety when relevant information may be disclosed, provided the risk of significant harm to the public is established and the owner of the information is notified within 72 hours of the fact of such disclosure.
  • Upon order of the court.
  • When a registered person requests access to his or her registered information and record history, subject to the guidelines and regulations to be issued by the PSA.

Ultimately, the national ID system aims to make the acquisition and delivery of government services easier for everyone while keeping fraudulent activities at bay.  The National Privacy Commission likewise ensures that the implementation of the national ID system shall fully adhere to the provisions of the Data Privacy Act, especially in the handling and processing of personal data.

The President is anticipated to sign the bill.  In case he does not, it will lapse into law after 30 days.

Do you agree that we should have a national ID to represent all other government IDs that we currently have?

Reference: https://www.rappler.com/nation/203725-national-id-system-philippines-ratified-duterte-signature

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It has been more than a year since we featured House Bill No. 5060 or the Philippine Identification System Act.  This is the bill that will require all Filipinos to be issued a national identification card that will serve as their main identification for all government transactions, claims, use of government-mandated benefits, and applying for clearances from the NBI and PNP.   At that time, the said bill has just been signed and approved by the House of Representatives and was passed on to the Senate for deliberation.

While the country is eagerly awaiting the finality the National ID System Act, the Department of Finance (DOF) came up with an additional proposal to tap the ID as a means to determine an individual’s privilege to certain subsidies, discounts, and tax exemptions under the law.

How do these additional parameters affect the National ID System’s initial purpose?

Apart from the National ID being an all-in-one valid ID (except as a Driver’s License and Passport), the DOF is proposing that it contain biometrics data to determine a citizen’s entitlement to certain subsidies and benefits provided by the government.

For example, if a PWD is entitled to discounts on medicines, fare, and education, his (national) ID alone should be enough to determine his eligibility for such discounts.  Another possibility that the DOF is looking at is to activate an EMV (Europay-Mastercard-Visa) chip in the card.  Through this chip, the card can double as an ATM card where the owner may receive cash subsidies from the government, if he or she is legally entitled to such benefits.  It simplifies the identification and benefits disbursement process, both for the government and the recipient.

Do these new proposals affect the anticipated release and distribution of the IDs?

It does.

The issuance of the IDs will be done in batches.  Since the DOF has expressed its intention of tapping the National ID to address the long process of applying and claiming benefits for individuals with special needs, senior citizens and persons with disabilities are seen to be the first recipients of these IDs.  Soon after, members of the 5.2 million poor households that are not yet covered by the conditional cash transfer program of the DSWD will follow.

All in all, the government plans to provide IDs to the more than 100 million Filipinos in two years’ time, after the bill is enacted into law.

Who will issue the IDs?

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) shall be responsible for the proper issuance of the ID cards.

We will keep this thread updated on the progress of the proposed National ID System.  If you have any questions or related information you would like to share, please feel free to send us a message.  We will do our best to find the answers for you.





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