As partners of the Philippine ldentification System (PhilSys), the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and the Department of the lnterior and Local Government (DILG) separately released a memorandum urging the acceptance of the PhillD or the national lD as the valid proof of identity for transactions with government and private entities.
This supports the advisor issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) addressed to all government agencies and the public on the acceptance of the PhillD.
“Consistent with PSA Advisory dated 19 May 2021, the PhilSys lD should be accepted as official and sufficient proof of identity without the need to present any other identification documents,’ the BSP memorandum states.
Similarly, the DILG memorandum underscores the need for local government units to abide by the provisions of Republic Act (RA) No. 11055, as emphasized in the advisory issued by the PSA.
“Using the PhillD card as a single requirement without the need to present any other identitication document is a big step towards streamlining information and easier transactions in all govemment offices and pivate establishments,” DILG Secretary Eduardo M. Afro said in the DILG memorandum.
ln line with the goal of the PhilSys to be a digital and interoperable platform, the PSA also plans to introduce automated offline and online authentication capabilities as PhilSys-enabled services. These capabilities, which will complement the traditional methods of visually inspecting the PhillD card, will allow relying parties to transition to digital and more secure seryice delivery, including for paperless and online transactions. The PSA will in due course publish information and guidelines on these PhilSys-enabled services.
PhilSys Check is a website that uses public-private key cryptography. This enables relying parties to verify the authenticity of a PhillD card and the data stored in its QR code. The use of PhilSys Check is free. lt is available to the public and all PhilSys relying parties through the website https://verifv. philsvs.qov. ph.
Meanwhile, another digital initiative of PhilSys is currently in the works- the soon-to-be-launched PhilSys mobile application which contains the digital lD. Aimed to boost the use of PhilSys, the alternative version of the lD can be utilized ahead of the physical PhillD card.
According to RA No. 11055 or the PhilSys Act, the PhillD card shall serve as the official government-issued identification document of cardholders in dealing with all national government agencies (NGAs), local government units LGUs), government-owned or controlled corporations (GOCCs), government financial institutions (GFls), State Universities and Colleges (SUCs), and all private sector entities.
Also, under Section 19 of the Act, a fine in the amount of five hundred thousand pesos (PhP 500,000.00) shall be imposed on any person or entity who will refuse to accept or recognize the PhillD or PhilSys Number (PSN) as the only official identification of the holder, without just and sufficient cause.
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