MANILA, PHILIPPINES – President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered that the national ID or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) be considered as sufficient proof of identity and age in all government and private transactions.
Duterte has signed Executive Order No. 162, which institutionalizes the acceptance of the Philippine ID or number as proof of identity and age in transactions.
According to Executive Order No. 162, there is an urgent need to institutionalize the acceptance of the authenticated PhilID and PSN (PhilSys Number) as sufficient proof of identity and age in all government and private transactions in order to improve efficiency in the delivery of social services, strengthen financial inclusion, and promote ease of doing business.
Under the EO, PhilSys will serve as the government’s central identification platform for all citizens and resident aliens in the country.
The national ID card will be the official government-issued identification document as well as the cardholder’s official proof of identity. In the meantime, the PhilSys number will be honored and accepted in both government and private transactions.
The order stated that when a person presents his or her national ID or PhilSys number, no other identification documents are required.
These can be used in place of a birth certificate for a variety of transactions, including:
- applications for marriage license
- applications for student driver’s permit or conductor’s license
- enrollment of students in public and private schools or registration for the Philippine Educational Placement test
- applications with the Professional Regulation Commission
- applications relative to voter’s registration with the Commission on Elections
Furthermore, the PhilSys (Philippine Identification System) will serve as the official government-issued identification document and proof of identity for cardholders when dealing with all national government agencies.
Individuals’ PSNs or PSN derivatives must be honored and accepted in transactions with government and private sector entities, even if the PhilID is not presented.
The Philippine Statistics Authority is required by the EO to ensure that cardholders or PSN holders are not harmed if authentication cannot be performed due to no fault of their own.
It also stated that this order does not preclude the recognition and acceptance of other government-issued identification documents in government and private transactions.
Banks and other financial institutions must follow the guidelines issued by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and other regulatory bodies when using PhilID, PSN, or PSN Derivative.
Duterte had previously directed that all government agencies, including local government units, prepare for the National ID system’s implementation.
The PSA and the Department of Information and Communications Technology were tasked with ensuring that all information databases and systems developed by government entities are synchronized in order to facilitate interoperability of government-initiated identification systems, ensure efficient and more reliable government transactions, and ensure secure access to information and services.