MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang confirmed on Tuesday that the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or National ID system is set to have a pilot test from September to December this year.
"There will be a pilot testing which will run from September to December 2019 to register a substantial number of Filipinos nationwide," Presidential spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.
The government targets to register 107 million Filipinos by the end of President Duterte's term in 2022.
According to Panelo, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia and National Statistician Dennis Mapa provided updates on the implementation of the National ID system during the 38th Cabinet meeting in Malacañang on June 10, Monday.
President Duterte signed the Republic Act 11055 on August 2018, creating PhilSys or the National ID.
The identification card aims to serve as an identification card for all citizens, including resident aliens, of the Philippines, removing the need for other identification cards.
As specified in the act, the ID shall contain a person's unique PhilSys number, full name, gender, blood type, date of birth, place of birth, address, front-facing photo, full set of fingerprints, iris scan, marital status (optional), email address (optional), and mobile number (optional).
Initial application and issuance, including renewal, of the PhilSys ID for Filipino citizens will be free of charge.