BSP readies machines for printing of national ID cards

Marje Pelayo   •   October 8, 2020   •   423

MANILA, Philippines — Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) Governor Benjamin Diokno on Wednesday (October 7) inspected the machines that will be used in printing the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) card or the national ID card.

The BSP has been tasked to print the ID cards. According to Diokno, the national ID will make opening of bank accounts and other bank transactions easier for Filipinos. It would also make it easier to comply with the stringent know-your client (KYC) requirement of banks, he said.

Having a national ID would also help facilitate the distribution of welfare grants to individuals.

The Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) is fast-tracking the full implementation of the or the national ID under Republic Act No. 11055.

The PSA is set to kick-start the pre-registration process for the national ID system on October 12.

BSP’s Diokno shows sample of National ID card

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday said its ready to produce the cards for the national identification system.

BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno issued the statement as the central bank printed samples of the ID card and showed a glimpse of it in an image he posted on his Twitter account.

“Finally, the BSP is ready to print the #NationalID. We inspected the machines that will print the IDs this morning. The machines have the capacity to print 154,000 cards per day,” Diokno said in his tweet.

The central bank has been tasked to print the ID cards. It signed a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Statistics Authority to produce blank cards for IDs under the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

Under the agreement, the BSP shall produce 116 million cards over a period of three years. The cards, which are non-transferable, will be issued to all Philippine citizens and for resident aliens registered under the PhilSys.

The printing of the ID cards will cost a total of P3.4 billion out of the total cost of P30 billion of the PhilSys project.

The card will become the official proof of identity for each Filipino and is seen to eliminate the need for providing two government IDs when transacting with companies or financial institutions.

It will contain the PhilSys number of each person, his or her name, facial image, sex, address, date of birth, and blood type. It will also contain information such as fingerprints.

“The national ID system has been decades in the making. We look forward to bringing it to the Filipino people to promote financial inclusion and digitalization,” Diokno said.

The PSA has already started the process of registration for the first 9 million low-income households in 32 provinces.

The registration for residents in Metro Manila and other areas will start next year.

The PSA earlier said the registration is voluntary but they would recommend for Filipinos to go through the process as the national ID can help expedite the delivery of government services and assistance to poor families.

The PSA is looking to complete the registration and issue the national ID before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term in 2022.

Registration for Nat’l ID system to start on Oct. 12 – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   October 2, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Friday announced that the conduct of mass registration for the National Identification System will start on October 12.

The mass registration was initially scheduled in July but was moved a few times due to the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.

According to PSA Assistant Secretary Rosalinda Bautista, the process will prioritize the registration of five million heads of low-income households based on the list of the Department of Social Welfare and Development.

Bautista said 32 provinces with low COVID-19 cases will also be given priority in the pre-registration.

These provinces include Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Batangas, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental and Tawi-Tawi.

Bautista said the first step of the registration process involves going to the houses of selected pre-registrants to gather their information and schedule a date for their visit to the registration center in their respective areas.

She said this is to avoid waiting in line for a long time when they head to the registration center.

The second step involves pre-registrants going to the registration centers on Nov. 25 to fill out forms and capture their biometrics.

The third step is the issuance of the national ID.

Bautista said the registration is voluntary but they would recommend for Filipinos to go through the process as the national ID can help expedite the delivery of government services and assistance to poor families.

“Sa batas po natin, lahat po ng Pilipino at resident aliens natin dito sa Pilipinas, pati po ang Pilipino na nasa abroad, ay puwedeng mag-apply para sa national ID pero voluntary. Voluntary po kasi ito,” she said.

“Pero ini-encourage po namin ang pag-apply at pagkuha ng national ID…Dadating po tayo doon sa time na lahat ng transaksyon sa government ay hihingian na po ng national ID ang isang tao,” she added.

The requirement for the national ID registration is any one of the following:

  • PSA-issued Certificate of Live Birth and a government-issued identification document with full name, front-facing photograph, and signature or thumb mark
  • Philippine Passport from Department of Foreign Affairs
  • Unified Multi-Purpose Identification* (UMID) Card issued from Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) or Social Security System (SSS)
  • Valid LTO-issued Student’s License Permit or Non-Professional/Professional Driver’s License

Bautista said an additional 4 million individuals will undergo pre-registration before the end of the year.

They also target to register around 40 million Filipinos next year and another 42 million by 2022.

The PSA is looking to complete the registration and issue the national ID before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Asher Cadapan Jr.)

LIST: Banks extend waiver of PESONet, InstaPay fees to Dec. 31

Marje Pelayo   •   October 1, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — A number of banks on Wednesday (September 30) announced that they will extend the waiver of fees for PESONet and InstaPay transactions to December 31.

Bangko Sentral Governor Benjamin Diokno was grateful for the banks’ decision as more businesses are adopting a cashless policy in an effort to protect public health amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Philippine Payments Management, Inc. (PPMI) is a group of BSP-supervised financial institutions (BSFIs) that aims to establish a inter-operable retail payment systems in the country.

Included in the list are major banks such as the Philippine National Bank, Land Bank of the Philippines, Rizal Commercial Banking Corporation and Security Bank among others.

The BSP also advised that PayMaya, GCash and Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi, Ltd. (MUFG Bank) will waive fees until October 31.

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