Online Registration for ID Crashes on Day One
Fact. The Philippines National ID is NOT mandatory. I don’t care what you read on Facebook or some other fake news outlet. President Rodrigo signed the law in August 2018. Aka the Philippine Identification System Act the Republic Act 11055. It aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.
Philippines National ID System Delayed
Foreigners and Filipinos alike, you probably don’t need it. It’s not mandatory. Moreover, it took over two years for the government to even start implementing the law and registering people.
Nobody got excited about the directive until the so-called pandemic began. Long lines at Local Government Units for Filipinos trying to collect their lockdown benefits had some politicians scratching their collective heads.
Thousands of people were unable to collect their benefits due to conflicting information. The so-called Department of Social Welfare and Development database differed from what the LGUs had on file.
Why wasn’t the national ID system even begun after having been on the books for over two years? The Senator who had sponsored the law believed that actually implementing the ID program would make the identification of valid beneficiaries easier.
Of course, the delay was due to the cultural phenomena in the Philippines known as “Filipino Time.”
“PHILIPPINES NATIONAL ID NOT MANDATORY”
The so-called PhilID isn’t a replacement for other IDs that have their own uses.
Consequently, if you’re a foreigner living in the Philippines legally, you have a valid passport ID. If you have a Permanent Resident Visa (13a), you have a corresponding Alien Certificate Registration I-Card. Those two pieces of identification alone are all I’ve ever needed to open a bank account in the Philippines.
Furthermore, I have a Philippine Non-Professional/Professional Driver’s Licenses.
Why in the world would I PAY for a national identification card that is only good for a year? My United States Passport is good for 10 years. My ACR-I Card and PH Driver’s license are both valid for five years. The government is going to charge foreigners for the card. No thanks, I’ll pass.
Filipinos can obtain their lifetime card at no charge. However, my Filipina wife also has a valid Philippines Driver’s License along with her PhilHealth card. She doesn’t need to hassle with a national ID card.
If she wanted to obtain the card, the Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) launched the online registration for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) on Friday, April 30.
However, there was a problem. The registration system crashed on its opening day. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) apologized for the “technical difficulties” experienced by registrants on the first day of the online registration for the National ID.
If you’re a Filipino without any valid ID, perhaps the national ID would be helpful. Thus if you’re a Pinoy or Pinay trying to collect government benefits during the pandemic, you might need it.
Big Brother is Watching
Though the national ID card is not mandatory, the PSA said it would be easier to transact with any government or private entity by using a single national ID.
Otherwise, I would forget it. We are.
Biometric information including fingerprint, iris scan, and photograph will be taken in the registration center during your appointment for your ID.
Frankly, we don’t welcome any government agency’s privacy intrusions.
Consequently, it’s just another way for Big Brother to keep his eye on you.
And do you really want that?
With reporting from the Inquirer.net, the Philippines Statistics Authority, and the Philippine News Agency
Alfred E. Neuman courtesy of USA Today and Mad Magazine