Step 1 of the Philippine Identification System or PhilSys was opened to the public on April 30, 2021. This first step is for the issuance of your PhilSys Number or PSN and your PhilID or the government issued national identification card, which is a non-expiring valid proof of identity.
This welcome development, spearheaded by the Philippine Statistics Authority or PSA comes after a successful initial phase of registering more than about 28 million Filipinos.
Steps to get your PhilSys Number and National ID or PhilID
- Step 1: Online registration at https://register.philsys.gov.ph which will collect data including full name, gender, date, and place of birth, blood type, and address.
- Step 2: Biometric data capture and document validation.
- Step 3: Issuance of your PhilSys Number or PSN and your PhilID
The PhilSys Vision
The PhilSys is envisioned to:
Making services more accessible.
PhilSys will be accessible to all Filipinos and its credential will be accepted for most transactions. It will provide access to financial, social protection, health education and other Government services;
Promoting ease of doing business.
It will provide a platform for the Government and private sector to identify and verify their customer in a digital and automated manner both in-person and online transactions;
Enhancing the integrity of services and reducing fraud.
PhilSys will uniquely identify each registered person at a national scale with high-level of assurance, eliminate identity fraud and strengthen integrity of functional identification registries;
Enabling and promoting participation and trust in digital government and the digital economy.
PhilSys should enable to broader transition to digital, online citizen-centric service delivery by Government and the private sector; and
Empowering Filipinos with greater control over their personal data.
The PhilSys will give PSN-holders the ability to determine who sees what data about them when carrying out transactions using the PhilSys, it will contribute to greater transparency and accountability for how data is used in the Philippines.
Its so sad that a program such as this that has been hyped a lot, underwhelms in its launch on April 30… Let’s just check back once in a while and hope and pray their tech team realize they are already in the 21st century.