The Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) has warned that anyone who refuses to accept, recognize or acknowledge the Philippine Identification Card or Philippine Identification System ID without sufficient reason will face heavy penalties or a fine of P500,000.
According to DILG Undersecretary and Spokesperson Jonathan Malaya, government officials or employees who refuse to accept a Phl ID card will also face a lifetime ban from holding any government position or government employment, including government-owned and controlled corporations. (GOCCs) and their subsidiaries.
It was learned that DILG Secretary Eduardo Año had instructed all local government units in the country to accept the Phl ID card as a single requirement in all transactions in the Philippines.
He also urged the private sector to consider the national ID card as sufficient proof of identity without asking for additional identification documents from the transacting public.
According to Año, the Phl ID already has the registered individual’s information, including his photo, full name, address, gender, marital status, and date of birth, to establish his identity.
As of May 13, a total of 849,862 Filipinos have registered to national ID online for Step 1 of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Monday.
DILG warns those who will not accept national ID
The online registration for Step 1 started on April 30.
Although the portal for National ID online registration is not readily accessible due to “technical difficulties,” on the first day, registration resumed after technical errors were addressed.
According to PSA, around 34 million have so far completed Step 1 via a house-to-house collection of demographic data in priority provinces.
Step 1 of the national ID registration requires 10 demographic information — name, gender, birthplace and birth date, blood type, address, citizenship, marital status, cellphone number, and email address of registrants.
Meanwhile, for Step 2, the registrant’s biometric data (iris scan, fingerprints, and photograph) would be taken at PhilSys registration centers. The PSA earlier said there are about 4.6 million who completed the second stage of PhilSys.