The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has reminded government agencies and private entities that if they refuse to honor the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card, they will be fined up to PHP500,000.
The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or Republic Act No. 11055 states that the PhilID, or national ID, is a valid proof of identity and must be accepted in all transactions.
The PSA reiterated in a social media post on November 10 that the PhilID will serve as the official government-issued identification document in both government and private transactions under the PhilSys Act.
“The PhilID Card shall be accepted as sufficient proof identity, without the need to present any other identification documents,” the post read.
The law imposes a PHP500,000 fine for refusing to accept, acknowledge, or recognize the PhilID card.
If a government official or employee violates the law, the penalty is permanent absolute disqualification from holding any public office or employment in the government, including government-owned and controlled corporations and their subsidiaries.
As of October 31, the Philippine Postal Corporation had delivered at least 3.1 million PhilID cards, with 40,264,550 people having completed the registration process, bringing the total to at least 50 million Filipinos registered this year.
“The PSA salutes all those who contributed to this milestone for the PhilSys Step 2 Registration. As we are nearing the conclusion of another year, we look forward to attaining our goals in registering the general population to PhilSys. Rest assured that the PSA, together with its field offices and partner agencies, are working diligently and in unison despite the pandemic to ensure that more Filipinos can use their PhiIIDs to access various services,” PSA Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa said in a recent statement.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act, into law in August 2018, with the goal of creating a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.
The national ID will serve as a valid proof of identity that will make public and private transactions, school enrollment, and bank account opening easier.
It also aims to improve efficiency, particularly when dealing with government services, by requiring people to present only one form of identification during transactions.
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