President Rodrigo Duterte has declared that the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or national ID must be considered valid proof of identity and age for both private and government transactions.
Executive Order No. 162 has been signed by the President. This institutionalizes the Philippine ID (or its number)’s acceptance as proof of both age and identity for all transactions.
According to the EO, PhilSys is the government’s central identification platform for resident aliens and Philippine citizens alike.
Cardholders of the national ID will be able to use it as an official proof of identity and official government-issued identification document. The PhilSys number, on the other hand, must be honored and accepted for transactions both in the private and government sense.
Under the order, an individual that presents their PhilSys number or national ID won’t need to show other documents of identification.
It can be presented instead of the birth certificate for transactions such as: Commission on Elections’ voter registration, Enrollment of students in private and public schools, Marriage license application, Professional Regulation Commission application, Registration for the Philippine Educational Placement test, Student driver’s permit or conductor’s license application.
Agencies under the Ease of Doing Business Act have to amend their charters for the PhilSys to be integrated into their systems alongside their features being accommodated.
Financial institutions and banks also have to comply with the BSP (Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas) and other government regulatory agencies’ issuances.
They also need to communicate to the public relevant guidelines and policies on the use of the PhilSys number or national ID.