|Frequently Asked Questions|
1. What is the latest update on the implementation of national ID?
As of now, the PSA is currently doing systems calibration and coordination with the different agencies and sectors to ensure seamless delivery come registration of at least 5 million low-income household heads starting 4th quarter this year.
2. Why is PSA focusing the registration on the low-income household heads for this year?
In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, prioritizing low-income household heads in the registration process aims to enable them, with their national ID, to open bank accounts so that they would be able to receive their government assistance digitally. The goal is to ensure that at least one (1) member of low-income households, who lack identity documentation, has an ID sufficient for opening a bank account.
3. When is the start of the registration for the low-income household heads and how will the PSA facilitate the registration given the current situation?
PSA aims to start the registration towards the fourth quarter of this year. A system is currently being developed to manage the number of people to be accommodated in a registration center, whether fixed or mobile. Likewise, the PSA will identify provinces with low risks of possible COVID-10 outbreak in coordination with the Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) and LGUs for possible registration venues. Registration protocols and social distancing measures will be observed to minimize health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic in all registration activities.
4. How about the remaining population? When will they be able to register?
The PSA aims to register majority of the Filipinos by the end of 2022 and will open the registration to the general public in 2021. Further announcements on this will be made to ensure that the public is informed and ready for the line-up of registration activities of the PhilSys.
5. What is the use of the national ID?
The national ID or PhilSys is not just another ID to add to your list of “valid IDs”. Aside from providing a valid proof of identity, the PhilSys is a platform to transform and streamline how services are delivered. The purpose is to establish a single Philippine Identification System for all citizens and resident aliens of the Republic of the Philippines for easier accessibility and application for eligibility to social welfare programs and benefits from the government.
The PhilSys will NOT replace existing functional IDs that serve other purposes. For example, a passport is a travel document and a driving license is proof that someone can drive. Functional IDs such as these will remain the responsibility of the issuing government agencies.
6. Are there any benefits getting PhilID? e.g., pension for senior citizen, benefits for DSWD beneficiaries and the like?
The PhilID is intended to provide a person with a valid proof of identity. The core function of the PhilSys is identity authentication and any process such as downloading of benefits and identification of beneficiaries for government aids remain fully with the implementing agency.