Palace push for national ID card in government agencies hailed

MALACAÑANG’s directive to all government establishments to integrate the national ID card into their processes and services could promote wider use of the PhilSys, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

PSA said the Palace recently issued Memorandum Circular No. 95 which directs all government agencies and government owned or controlled companies (GOCCs) to identify services, processes, identification systems and databases for PhilSys integration.

The directive, the PSA said, also covers departments, offices, offices, government financial institutions (GFIs), chartered institutions, and state universities and colleges.

“The PSA welcomes this directive. Through this circular, we anticipate that the various public institutions will participate in providing transparent, safer and more convenient transactions to every Filipino,” said Undersecretary Claire Dennis S. Mapa, National Statistician and General Officer of the civil status.

The integration of PhilSys Number (PSN), Philippine Identity Card (PhilID) and other key features of the PhilSys in government institutions should enable online and paperless transactions and remove duplicates from registers.

“We hope that with this development, more private institutions will follow suit in recognizing PhilID for easier and safer service delivery to every Filipino,” said Assistant Secretary Rosalinda P. Bautista, Assistant National Statistician of the PhilSys registrar.

Under the circular, government agencies are responsible for prioritizing the development of their biennial PhilSys integration plans, containing integration timelines, responsible units, implementation budget, and inclusion of PhilSys in their strategic plans and programs.

The agencies are also mandated to coordinate and enter into agreements with the PSA for an effective and efficient implementation of the PhilSys integration, in particular on the authentication processes and the appropriate control of the PhilID.

PhilSys integration plans must be submitted within 60 days of the entry into force of Memorandum No. 95 – or before April 08, 2022 – to the PhilSys Policy and Coordination Council (PSPCC), the decision-making body for enforcement of Republic Act No. 11055 or the PhilSys Act, for surveillance.

Ashley C. Reynolds