PhilID may now be used in mall transactions — PSA

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2021   •   150

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has announced that the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card may now be accepted at SM malls in its business center services such as foreign currency exchange, remittance services, and credit card transactions.

The PSA said this is part of the agency’s partnership with the mall management in its Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) program.

SM Supermalls also enjoined its retail partner affiliates and tenants to accept the card as sufficient proof of identity.

The PSA said this honors the previously signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agency and SM Prime Holdings to bring PhilSys closer to the mall-going public.

“The action of SM Groups to accept the PhilID as a valid ID for a financial service they offer is a big leap for PhilSys, as this will achieve our goal of providing easier, safer, and more secure access to services to the public. As we continue to work in solidarity with SM Prime Holdings, we at the PSA, commit to giving Filipinos more convenient access to private and public transactions”, said National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Dennis S. Mapa.

“The PhilID will boost the efficiency of transacting inside our Mall and retail partners when availing of services and products. Since June 2021, individuals who exchange foreign banknotes through any SM Store branch nationwide have the option to present their PhilID as a single valid identifying document during the transaction”, said SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan.

Currently, SM Supermalls is offering PhilSys Step 2 registration in select branches as part of the MOU. Step 1 Registration must be filled out and completed at the official PhilSys web portal and booking a schedule at the available locations.

Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development is running a pilot set for the use of PhilID in its programs including Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programs (4Ps) and Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.

The PSA added that the agency is set to launch a mobile version of the PhilID as an alternative to the physical PhilID card in order to further encourage the use of the PhilSys in digital transactions.

Through this, the PSA said, PhilSys takes a step further into its goal of transitioning the country into a digital economy by providing Filipinos with a formal identification system that can be verified both online and offline.

NCR Malls release operating hours amid GCQ with heightened and additional restrictions

Maris Federez   •   August 2, 2021


MANILA, Philippines — Metro Manila malls have released separate advisories regarding their respective operating hours while the capital region is placed under general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened and additional restrictions from July 31 to August 5, following IATF Resolution No. 130-A.

Robinsons Malls management said that from July 31 to August 5 all their malls remain open except its entertainment and amusement centers and cafes. Restaurants will be open for take-out and delivery services.

The advisory added that subject to LGU guidelines, shoppers ages 18 to 65 years old and fully vaccinated senior citizens will be allowed inside the mall.

It added that those below 18 years old and above 65 years old, who are not yet fully vaccinated, will be allowed entry to access essential goods and services including medical appointments.

Meanwhile, SM Supermalls announced that “pursuant to the latest government directive placing NCR under GCQ with heightened restrictions from July 31 to August 5, our restaurants will offer take-out and delivery services, and all retail and services stores are open to serve you daily.”

The mall also urged the public to follow minimum safety protocols at all times.

Ayala Malls, on the other hand, has released its own advisory “following the latest guidelines set by the IATF for a stricter quarantine measure in NCR from July 31 to August 20, 2021.”
The mall management also encouraged the public to continue practicing and following safety protocols.

NEDA invites youth to participate in national ID program

Maris Federez   •   July 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua has invited the youth sector to actively participate and register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

In a statement, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief said this will give way for the young people “to contribute solutions to accelerate the growth of the digital economy in the country.”

“Ang ating karanasan sa gitna ng pandemya ay nagbigay-diin sa kahalagahan ng ligtas, mabisa, at inklusibong banking at social services, lalo na para sa mga mahihirap,” Chua said during the 2021 BSP Youth Summit organized by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas with the theme “Ibangon natin ang ekonomiya, i-digital mo na!” on July 9, 2021.

“Bago matapos ang taong 2021, target natin na mai-rehistro ang 50 to 70 million Filipinos sa PhilSys. Ito ay magbibigay-daan para sa malawakang paggamit ng electronic payments na magpapalago sa ating digital economy,” he added.

Chua also emphasized that PhilSys has the potential to be one of the most game-changing reforms of the country, adding that the system “can drastically improve the delivery of government services and make systems more resilient against future crises.”

“Lubos akong naniniwala sa potensyal ng PhilSys na maging isa sa mga pinaka-makabuluhang reporma sa ating bansa. Pangmatagalan at malawakan ang benepisyo nito dahil kaya nitong paghusayin ang serbisyong-publiko at pagtibayin ang ating sistema laban sa mga darating na krisis na maaari pa nating harapin,” Chua said.

Chua also invited the young registrants to assist their family and friends, especially their elders, in registering for the national ID online.

The NEDA chief also encouraged the young minds to consider joining the government to implement their ideas on financial inclusion and digital transformation.

In its report as of July 2, the Philippine Statistics Authority said that around 37.2 million individuals have been registered for step 1 or the demographic data collection, while around 16.2 million individuals have completed their step 2 registration or biometrics capture.

Meanwhile, 343,742 registrants have already received their PhilID cards, the report added.

The latest information on PhilSys online registration is available on its official website or Facebook page. The PhilSys Registry Office may be reached via its hotline number 1388 or e-mail at

PSA to release 200K national IDs; opens add’l 212 PhilSys registration centers

Maris Federez   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has released 200,000 national ID cards to Filipino citizens with another 200,000 cards ready for delivery.

Deputy National Statistician Rosalinda Bautista reported that a total of 35 million Filipinos have completed Step 1 of the registration process either through house-to-house collection or through the PSA’s Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) website.

The PSA also reported that 12 million Filipinos have completed Step 2 or the collection of biometric information.

The physical ID cards with unique PhilSys number will be delivered house to house.

Bautista warned the public against individuals who offer to help in the registration for the national ID for a fee, stressing that the ID is being given to the public for free.

Meanwhile, in an advisory released on Sunday (June 13), the PSA informed the public that PhilSys registration centers in additional 212 cities/municipalities are now open for online appointment booking starting June 12.

From the initial 14 pilot cities/municipalities as of 24 May 2021, there is now a total of 226 cities/municipalities with available online appointment booking for Step 2 Registration, the advisory said.

Registrants in the additional cities and municipalities can now set their appointment schedules for Step 2 online as early as 18 June 2021.

The advisory further said that those who have completed Step 1 Registration through house-to-house demographic data collection need not register online and book the appointment.

The PSA or the respective local government units will provide them with updates for the schedule of their Step 2 Registration.

Latest information on PhilSys is available on its official website, Facebook page, or via the PhilSys Registry Office hotline number 1388 and e-mail ( —/mbmf


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