PSA to continue extensive PhilSys registration, ID issuance efforts
Date of Release: 24 January 2024
Reference No. 2024 – 23
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) vows to continue its persistent efforts in bringing registration services, issuance of PhilID and ePhilID, and other services of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) to all Filipinos.
Registration to PhilSys remains easy and convenient. With no appointment-setting required, Filipinos can simply walk into any PhilSys Registration Center to register.
Mobile registration services such as PhilSys on Wheels—vehicles with registration kits—are also being offered by PSA field offices to accommodate Filipinos residing in Geographically Isolated and Disadvantaged Areas (GIDAs).
In any of these registration efforts, Filipinos can present their supporting documents for validation of demographic information and collection of biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scanning. Their front-facing photograph will also be captured following the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for photos, which is the international standard for the issuance of national IDs.
The facial image captured is raw, unfiltered, and without enhancements to reflect the natural look and features of registrants—essential in ensuring the uniqueness of data in the PhilSys registry and safeguarding the security of the system.
In addition, PSA and its printing and delivery partners, Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), respectively, are also ensuring the quality printing and immediate delivery of PhilIDs. As of 29 December 2023, a total of 50,332,413 PhilIDs have already been printed and dispatched for delivery—of which, 45,649,707 have been delivered to registered persons nationwide.
Dante Agcaoili, a jeepney driver from Luna, Isabela, is one of the many who have received their PhilID. He was able to use his PhilID in his financial transactions.
“Nagamit ko ang PhilID ko noong may pinadalang pera ang anak ko sa [remittance center],” he shared. “Inirerekomenda ko sa iba na [mag-register] para may ID na rin sila.”
To allow more Filipinos to immediately enjoy the benefits of being PhilSys-registered, the PSA continues its ePhilID issuance efforts at registration centers, where registered persons can request for it to be printed.
As of 29 December 2023, the number of ePhilIDs issued has reached 44,538,651.
Just like the PhilID, the ePhilID can be presented as a valid proof of identity in transactions.
Dexter de Castro from Malvar, Batangas, for instance, found his ePhilID helpful in processing government-issued documents such as the passport.
“Ang laking bagay po ng ePhilID para sa akin lalo na sa katulad ko na walang valid ID dahil nagamit ko po ito sa pag-apply ng passport,” he said.
The PSA also reiterates that there is a PhilID allocated for each registered person. This means that even though an ePhilID was issued to a registered person, a PhilID will still be delivered to the address provided during PhilSys registration.
Meanwhile, the PSA is also replacing PhilIDs with peeled-off photos. This can be done by filling out a request form for replacement and surrendering the PhilID with peeled-off photo at any PhilSys Registration Center.
Requesting for a replacement of a PhilID with a peeled-off photo is free of charge, along with the new PhilID for releasing to the registered person.
“We, at the PSA, remain steadfast in our commitment to bring PhilSys services to allow Filipinos to maximize the benefits of being registered to national identification system,” said PSA Undersecretary Claire Dennis S. Mapa, PhD, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General. “We call on all Filipinos for their continued support for PhilSys and to join us as we continue working towards a Makabagong Pilipinas.”