PhilID may now be used in mall transactions — PSA

Maris Federez   •   October 14, 2021   •   505

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.

PhilSys registers 50 million Filipinos; hits target for 2021

Maris Federez   •   December 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More than 50 million Filipinos have successfully registered in the second step of the national identification system.

In a statement released Tuesday (December 14), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that it has successfully achieved its registration target this year as 50,014,382 Filipinos completed their Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Step 2 Registration as of 11 December 2021.

The PSA said the Step 2 Registration, which involves validating supporting documents and collecting biometric information, began in January 2021 in 32 priority provinces that were considered low-risk areas for Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Despite the pandemic, the PSA said that it was able to expand operations to more cities and municipalities nationwide.

“The PSA salutes all those who contributed to this milestone for the PhilSys Step 2 Registration,” said National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Usec. Dennis S. Mapa.

“Notwithstanding the pandemic and the restrictions that came with it, the PSA—together with its field offices, partner agencies, and key stakeholders—worked relentlessly to ensure that more Filipinos can begin registering for their PhilIDs,” he added.

Meanwhile, for Step 3 Registration, the PSA is continuously working to speed up the issuance of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and the delivery of Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards to registrants.

The printing and issuance of the ID card are in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the card production, and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) for door-to-door delivery.

The PSA said that based on the December 10 record, 4,414,393 Filipinos have already received their PhilID cards.

These cards will soon have a digital version through the soon-to-be-launched PhilSys mobile app. Registrants can already use this alternative while waiting for their actual PhilIDs, the national statistics office said.

“We remain steadfast in our efforts to continue registering the general population. This coming 2022, the PSA hopes to establish partnerships with more government agencies and private groups to provide Filipinos, resident aliens, and even Overseas Filipinos the convenience of PhilSys registration,” said Assistant Secretary Bautista, Deputy National Statistician of the PhilSys Registry Office (PRO).

For the latest on PhilSys, the public may be reached through the official PhilSys website (https://philsys.gov.ph) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PSAPhilSysOfficial/), the PhilSys Registry Office via hotline number 1388 or e-mail at info@philsys.gov.ph. –/mbmf

Nat’l ID sufficient proof of identity in opening bank accounts – BSP

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday reminded financial institutions that the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or national ID is considered sufficient proof of identity to open a bank account.

In a statement, the BSP said the BSP-Supervised Financial Institutions (BSFI) should accept the national ID card, in both physical and mobile formats, as sufficient proof of identity without the need for another ID.

The central bank’s call is in support of the Memorandum No. M-2021-057 issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), which reminds all government and private entities to accept the PhilID card as sufficient proof of identity, subject to proper authentication. This is in line with Republic Act No. 11055 or the PhilSys Act.

“PhilSys will help more Filipinos, especially the marginalized and low-income, to begin saving money in banks and other BSFIs,” said BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno.

Diokno added that the national ID system will support the wide scale opening of transaction accounts, particularly the Basic Deposit Account, which is designed to meet the needs of the unbanked.

The PhilSys will offer online and offline methods for identity authentication through the PhilID physical security features, QR code digital verification, biometric verification, and SMS one-time password (OTP).

These features will facilitate stronger and more secure methods of identity verification than traditional methods such as manual matching of handwritten signature against specimen.

The BSP likewise directed BSFIs to include the PhilID in their list of valid IDs.

“As a foundational digital ID system, the BSP considers the PhilSys as a gamechanger for financial inclusion, a state wherein there is effective access to a wide range of financial services for all,” it said.

“Aside from contributing to the massive opening of transaction accounts, PhilSys is expected to transform how services are delivered and accessed in the Philippines, accelerating the country’s transition to a digital economy,” it added.

As of October 21, 2021, the number of transaction accounts opened due to the co-location of PSA registration sites and Land Bank account opening facilities totaled 5,922,304 accounts, the BSP said.

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.

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