PSA calls for recognition of PhilID without handwritten signature

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MANILA – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has asked government executing agencies and other private financial institutions to recognize the Philippine Identification (PhilID) or National Identity Card as sufficient proof of identity for their clients .

During Laging Handa’s public briefing on Wednesday, PSA Under Secretary Rosalinda Bautista said the digitally-powered PhilID is built into “strong authentication” features in the absence of the cardholder’s handwritten signature on the card. physical.

She said identity verification can be done both offline and online using the PhilID card.

“We have already issued a notice for the recognition of the national identity document as sufficient proof of identity without the need to present other identity documents),” she said, reacting to these claims that some banking institutions do not recognize PhilIDs in financial transactions.

“Apart from that, we run webinars with financial institutions and other government institutions on acceptance without looking for the handwritten signature as it is a digital ID with strong authentication,” she added. .

These webinars include explaining the secret and overt features of the PhilSys, she said, to assure PSA’s trusted partners of the authenticity of the PhilIDs.

Bautista noted that the PSA is already coordinating with more establishments to include the PhilID on their list of recognized identities for legal transactions.

“Many have already responded to our request for recognition of PhilID,” she added.

PSA explained earlier that the absence of the cardholder’s handwritten signature on the physical ID card is part of PhilSys’ security features that further prevent “inefficiency and fraud” services.

He added that the PhilID design “promotes greater security in transactions through more robust verification methods and reduced risk of tampering.”

Enacted by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018, Republic Law 11055, or the Philippines Identification System Law, aims to establish a single national identity document for all Filipinos and resident aliens.

By law, the PhilID must serve as the official government-issued identification document of cardholders in dealings with all National Government Agencies (NGAs), Local Government Units (LGUs), owned or controlled companies. by the state (GOCC), government financial institutions (GFI), state universities and colleges (SUC) and all private sector entities.

The refusal to accept, acknowledge receipt and / or recognize the PhilID card as the only official identity document of the holder / possessor “without just and sufficient reason” is punishable by law.

The sanctioned person or entity will pay a fine in the amount of PHP 500,000.

If the violation is committed by a government official or employee, the sanction will include an absolute and perpetual ban from holding public office or government employment, including GOCCs and their affiliates.

The national identity card will be a valid identity document which will be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrollment in schools and opening bank accounts.

It will also increase efficiency, especially in dealing with government departments where people will only need to show one piece of ID when making transactions. (ANP)

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