DSWD, DFA, BSP supports ePhillD implementation; released issuances on ePhillD acceptance
Date of Release: 13 February 2023
Reference No. 2023 – 62
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) released issuances and advisories for the acceptance of the ePhillD as a valid proof of identity.
The DSWD, in a memorandum, directed all its offices, including its attached agencies, to recognize the ePhillD as a government-issued identification document for individuals availing the services and programs of the agency. This includes the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Assistance to lndividuals in Crisis Situations (AICS).
The DFA also issued a public advisory on the acceptance of the ePhillD as an accredited government-issued valid lD for passport processing. This covers the application for and renewal of passports.
ln addition, the BSP issued a memorandum to all its supervised institutions for the use and acceptance of the ePhillD as sufficient proof of identity in its supervised banks/non-bank financial institutions. This means that individuals can do financial transactions, such as opening a bank account, using the ePhillD.
“The implementation of the ePhillD is anchored on PSA’s commitment to providing registered persons immediate access to services and programs,” said PSA Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General. “May this significant step from DSWD, DFA, and BSP be followed by more institutions delivering services to all Filipinos through the ePhillD.”
Meanwhile, the PSA continues to issue more ePhillDs by implementing a plaza-type and house-to-house distribution parallel to fast-tracking PhillD production and printing. The PSA has also pilot-implemented a website allowing registered persons to download a PDF copy of their ePhillD on their mobile devices.