Introducing PhilSys – the cure to the sickness that is Filipino accessibility.
For an old-fashioned country like the Philippines, PhilSys is the key for us to finally become modern and connected as a people. This innovation inspired by other countries’ best practices will allow us to become exceptionally receptive towards future government service.
If you’re still wondering why it’s such a good thing, you have to think about it as a domino effect.
Spoiler: it will set the Philippines up for success!
Hope in a Card
Signed into law in 2018, The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) is the Philippine government’s central identification platform for all citizens and resident aliens.
The National ID contains a 12-digit number (CRN) for each individual. Moreover, it also includes the following personal information: full name, gender, date of birth, home address, blood type, and civil status.
PhilSys consolidates all government-issued ID systems into one, in hopes of improving government services by cutting down costs, providing convenience of use, and streamlining transactions.
Moreover, PhilSys was made to become a means of simplifying public and private transactions, and a foundational identification system that provides:
- ease of business;
- reduced corruption;
- seamless service delivery;
- a social and economic platform;
- strengthened financial inclusions;
- enhanced administrative governance;
- and a valid proof of identity for all citizens and resident aliens
Via a designated Common Reference Number (CRN), a Filipino can present their National ID in place of the following government-issued identification numbers:
- Passport number
- Voter’s registration
- Driver’s license number
- Tax Identification Number (TIN)
The National ID can also be used for the following purposes:
- employment purposes;
- registration and voting purposes;
- fulfilling financial and tax-related transactions;
- opening bank accounts and applying for loans;
- obtaining the cardholder’s criminal records and clearances;
- seeking admission to educational institutions and government hospitals;
- and applying for eligibility, services, and access to social welfare and benefits granted by the government
Getting to secure the country’s official National ID means you get to streamline various day-to-day processes. As a single proof of identity set to centralize everything, PhilSys simplifies life. Registering, applying, and reapplying at public and private establishments have never been this easy!
Life Made Easy
So how does one apply for a National ID?
Simple: a simple one-time registration is required. The application is free, and ID validity has no expiration date. Meanwhile, registration is open to Filipino citizens of all ages living in the Philippines or abroad. As well as for those that hold multiple citizenships, and foreign nationals residing in the Philippines for more than six months.
Ahead, get to know the basics of the Philippine National ID System, and find out how you can register for your National ID:
After successfully registering, await the delivery of your PhilSys Number (PSN) and later, your official PhilID.
As government institutions get more robust, the consolidation of the Philippine Identification System will be the key for common Filipinos to make the most out of social services. Being that the National ID is a valid proof of identity, it will simplify public and private transactions, enrollment in schools, and the opening of bank accounts.
It also seeks to boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present one ID during transactions.
Not only that, but PhilSys also strengthens security. It provides an avenue to enhance the security and privacy of personal information when dealing with transactions like identity theft and fraud. Not to mention that PhilSys would also decrease terrorism across the map since we’re all registered into one system.
Convenience, as well, is a major factor in this National ID venture. Imagine, for example, getting seriously hurt and having to be rushed to the hospital. Instead of taking time to be questioned by the paramedics in order to give medical information, they can just swipe your card and get everything they need.
Two words: efficiently faster!
PhilSys will save time, confusion, and secure all our lives in order for us to focus on one thing – growth. As a country, and as a people, PhilSys and its National ID will literally connect us so that we can go hand-in-hand in pushing through the hardest of times.
For a #BetterPhilippines, always!