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National ID Pilot Testing To Start In September

The implementation of the Philippine Identification System (Philsys)  is on the horizon and a pilot testing is set to begin come September.

In August 2018, the president signed the National ID Law to streamline national identification system reducing corruption, enhancing governance and serving as a tool to keep the public safe.

During the President’s cabinet meeting on Monday, Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panela said in a statement that there will be a pilot testing which will run from September to December 2019 to register a substantial number of Filipinos nationwide.  By 2022, the government is aiming to register around 107 million Filipinos in the national ID system.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) assured that Filipinos’ privacy would be safe from unauthorized access and use once it’s implemented. Under the National ID Law, individuals should be given adequate information upon registration for PhilSys on how their data will be used. The law also penalizes unlawful use of the ID as well as faking the information in the national ID.

Undersecretary Lisa Grace Bersales also emphasized that they also need to abide with the Data Privacy Act, saying that they’ll be in trouble if they do not complete this.

The PhilSys registry data shall include demographic data of the person, such as the full name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, address, classification whether a Filipino or alien, and optional information such as e-mail address, mobile number, and marital status.

Philsys ID will be free of charge for initial applications and renewal.


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