President Duterte Orders Recognition of Philippine ID for Seamless Government and Private Transactions

IMG Source: Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte signed on Feb. 14 an Executive Order mandating the acceptance of the Philippine Identification(PhilID) or the Philippine Identification System Number (PSN) as sufficient proof of identity and age in all government and private transactions.

Executive Order No. 162 aims to simplify the requirements and processes needed for public and private businesses.

According to Section 3 of the EO, the presentation of the PhilID, PSN or PSN Derivatives shall be recognized as a substitute for a birth certificate when transactions call for establishment of age, with no additional requirement of proof of identity.

Among these transactions are:

  • applications for a marriage license
  • application for a student driver’s permit and conductor’s license with LTO
  • enrollment of students (public and private)
  • registrations in the Philippine Education Placement test
  • applications with the Professional Regulation Commission
  • voter’s registration with the Commission on Elections

Section 4 of the Executive Order states that in line with the “Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act of 2018”, all Covered Agencies are directed to amend their identification requirements to integrate and accommodate the PhilSys components.

Covered Agancies and private sector entities shall also inform the public of its new policies and guidelines on the use of the PhilID, PSN and PSN derivatives for their requirements.

Below is the copy of the signed Executive Order as posted by CNN Philippines on Twitter.

Another advantage of the PhilID and PSN is that there is no expiration date, thus being a lifetime identification document.Changes such as a new address or civil status, just call for an update.

However, for aliens, the PhilID is only valid for one year.

According to the report by CNN Philippines, over 50 million Filipinos have completed the Step 2 registration of PhilSys as of the first half of December, which was the target number of the Philippine Statistics Authority for 2021.

For more information on how to register for your Philippine Identification, you may visit this link.

Sources: CNN Philippines,

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