In a post published by the Philippine Statistics Authority in its official website in February 20, 2019, the agency had informed the public about the start of the National ID Registration. The PhilSys Registry Office (PRO) is an entity of PSA that is responsible for finalizing all the bidding documents for the procurement of the PhilSys requirements. The procurement process will follow the Implementing Rules and Regulations pursuant to RA No. 9184.
The main purpose of the implementation of the National ID is to integrate all the government-issued IDs like SSS, TIN, PhilHealth, Pag-Ibig, GSIS, Voter’s, and postal ID. The integration of all the existing IDs will only take place as soon as the registration starts and completed. The new National ID will have more security features to prevent identity theft.
The PhilSys will be responsible for the entire registration process under the supervision of the Philippine Statistics Authority. During the registration, relevant information will be collected including demographic data and biometric information. With this, the applicant is required to bring the primary documents such as birth certificate issued by the PSA, UMID card, Philippine ePassport, and other identification documents required by the agency.
All Filipino citizens can apply for the National ID and even resident aliens if they can present their Alien certificate of registration. However, the senior citizens, persons with disabilities, poor, and indigenous people will be prioritized in the registration process. The registration is free of charge and even the issuance of the National ID.
According to the Philippine Statistics Authority, most probably the first phase will start in the latter part of 2019. Thus, the agency is reiterating that anyone who is claiming as an authorized representative of PSA and collecting fees is not legal. You can report to PSA any case of unauthorized transactions and collections of payments.