May 24, 2024
50 MILLION REGISTRANTS — The Philippine Statistics Authority reported around 50 million Filipinos were successfully issued with PhilIDs and ePhilIDs, which they can use for transactions needing proof of identity. Meanwhile, millions of Filipinos are dismayed with the snail-paced issuance of these IDs. — Contributed photo

The Philippine Statistics Authority has issued more than 50 million PhilIDs and ePhilIDs which can already be used for transactions needing proof of identity.
Of the 50 million IDs, 25,126,407 IDs have been delivered as of Feb. 28 while 25,050,319 ePhilIDs, including 770,559 downloaded ePhilIDs, have been issued as of March 3.
“We, at the PSA, take this milestone as another step towards our goal of delivering the benefits of being PhilSys-registered to more Filipinos,” said PSA Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa, national statistician and civil Registrar general.
“Sinisiguro namin na lahat ng nakapag-register na sa PhilSys ay magkakaroon ng PhilID at ePhilID. Anuman sa mga ito ay parehong magagamit ng ating mga kababayan sa kanilang mga transaksyon.”
The PSA continues to work closely with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for card production and printing, and the Philippine Postal Corporation for PhilID delivery.
Ivan Estreller from Almeria, Biliran is one of the millions of PhilID recipients in the country. As one of the accepted valid IDs at the Department of Foreign Affairs, the PhilID that Estreller used the PhilID as a supporting document to apply for a passport to attend a seminar abroad.
“Through my PhilID, I was able to process my passport application,” he said.
PSA field offices are also on the frontlines for ePhilID issuance at registration centers, and through its house-to-house and plaza-type distribution nationwide.
The ePhilID has allowed registered persons to access various financial services and be financially included like Shaad Mustapha from Isabela, Basilan, who was able to claim remittances using his ePhilID.
This is in line with PhilSys’ goal to help strengthen financial inclusion. Over 8.4 million previously unbanked Filipinos have been onboarded to LandBank through PhilSys and became financially included like Mustapha.
PhilSys-registered individuals can visit https://appt.philsys.gov.ph to check if they may already claim their ePhilIDs. Registered persons who have received an official text message from the PSA may also download a PDF copy of the ePhilID on their mobile devices.
The PSA is also collaborating with the Department of Social Welfare and Development to ensure there are no duplicates among social protection program beneficiaries in the Listahanan, an information management system that identifies poor people across the country.
For quick links, visit: the PhilSys website at https://philsys.gov.ph, or its social media page facebook.com/PSAPhilSys Official, https://appt.philsys.gov.ph for appointments, and https://verify.philsys.gov.ph to verify. – Press release