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Palace confirms pilot testing for national ID system in September- November

Presidential Spokesperson and Presidential Legal Adviser atty. Salvador Panelo (Photo Credits:

Malacañang on Tuesday, June 11  said that the pilot testing of the national identification system will run from September to December this year.

During a press briefing, Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia and National Statistician Dennis Mapa updated the Cabinet on Monday with the implementation of the Philippine ID System. He also added that the pilot testing aims to register a substantial number of Filipinos nationwide.

“By the end of the President’s term in 2022, 107 million Filipinos are targeted to be registered,” Panelo said.

On August 2018, Duterte signed Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys Act) seeks to harmonize, integrate, and interconnect the countless and redundant government IDs by establishing a single national identification system.

READ: Prez Duterte signs national ID system act

The Phil-ID will contain the PhilSys number and the cardholder’s full name as well as facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address. Biometric information such as a full set of fingerprints and iris scan is also in the card.

Optional information includes marital status, mobile phone number, and email address.

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