50M Filipinos now with PhilIDs and ePhilIDs
Date of Release: 04 March 2023
Reference No. 2023-99
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) marks a new milestone in implementing the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), successfully issued 50,176,726 million PhilIDs and ePhilIDs which can already be used for transactions needing proof of identity.
Of the 50-million figure, 25,126,407 PhilIDs are delivered as of 28 February 2023 while 25,050,319 ePhilIDs, including 770,559 downloaded ePhilIDs, issued as of 03 March 2023.
“We, at the PSA, take this milestone as another step towards our goal of delivering the benefits of being PhilSys-registered to more Filipinos,” said PSA Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General. “Sinisiguro namin na lahat ng nakapag-register na sa PhilSys ay magkakaroon ng PhilID at ePhilID. Anuman sa mga ito ay parehong magagamit ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga transaksyon.”
The PSA continues to work closely with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for card production and printing, and the Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office) for PhilID delivery.
Ivan Estreller from Almeria, Biliran is one of the millions of PhilID recipients in the country. As one of the accepted valid IDs at the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), the PhilID was used by Estreller as a supporting document to apply for a passport to attend a seminar abroad.
“Through my PhilID, I was able to process my passport application,” he said.
PSA field offices are also on the frontlines for ePhilID issuance at registration centers, and through its house-to-house and plaza-type distribution nationwide.
The ePhilID has allowed registered persons to access various financial services and be financially included. This is true for Shaad Mustapha from Isabela, Basilan, who was able to claim remittances using his ePhilID.
This is in line with PhilSys’ goal to help strengthen financial inclusion. Over 8.4 million previously unbanked Filipinos have been onboarded to LANDBANK through PhilSys and became financially included like Mustapha.
“Masarap sa pakiramdam na hindi na ako hinanapan pa ng ibang ID. Tanggap agad ang dala kong ePhilID,” he said.
PhilSys-registered individuals can visit https://appt.philsys.gov.ph to check if they may already claim their ePhilIDs. Registered persons who have received an official text message from the PSA may also download a PDF copy of the ePhilID on their mobile devices.
Meanwhile, relative to the goal in transforming social protection services delivery, the PSA is also collaborating with the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), headed by Secretary Rex Gatchalian, in ensuring that there are no duplicates among social protection program beneficiaries in Listahanan. An information management system that identifies poor people across the country, DSWD’s Listahanan currently includes 30.49 million individuals.