The PhilSys ID will serve as a proof of identification for citizens and residents.


Philippine unified ID system to start in 2020


MANILA – A unified identification system for the Philippines (PhilSys) is on track for a launch in 2020, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority.

The PhilSys will serve as a proof of identification for all Filipino citizens as well as non-Filipino residents in the country and offer access to public and private transactions.

Registration for overseas Filipinos is expected to begin in 2021.

“We are on track to have the system fully operational and to start the mass registration by mid-2020, and complete the enrollment of the population by mid-2022,” said Undersecretary Dennis Mapa, National Statistician and Civil Registrar.

The pilot test registration began on Monday (September 2) in the National Capital Region. The test registration will run until June 2020.

“The PSA sees the utmost importance for the PhilSys to first undergo a series of pilot testing before finally launching it to the public. We want to ensure that the processes are efficient, the systems are fully functional, and all information within the system are secure,” Mapa said.

The PhilSys can be used to avail of social welfare benefits and apply for services such as passports, driver’s license, tax transactions, registration and voting, employment transactions, admission in schools and government hospitals, opening of bank accounts, criminal records and clearances. ICA/Expat Media


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