What is FilSys? The New National ID System in the Philippines?

Philippines – Here in the country, there are lots of Government ID’s issued by the government that all Filipino citizens are eligible to use it for whatever purposes it may serve. 

These issued ID’s had different purposes, but it can be used as a valid ID’s when having transaction with the government, banks, remittances, jobs and other private sectors.

As of now the common list of valid ID’s that are accepted in major transactions in the country are SSS ID, Postal ID, Voters ID, Driver’s License, Unified Multipurpose ID, Philippine Passport, TIN Card, GSIS Card, PRC ID and others.

Now another Government ID that might be added in the list of valid ID’s in the country is the National ID System or the Filipino Identification System (FilSys). This Bill was recently approved by the House Committee on appropriations and currently discussing in the plenary of the house committee for the releasing of funds that will support the proposed bill. It’s just a matter of time when it will be a mandatory requirement for all Filipino citizens.

According to the Bill itself, the National ID System or Filipino Identification System (FilSys), it requires all Filipinos here and abroad to register their personal information in the system which will be handled by the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA) formerly known as (NSO). The new ID is also can be used in transaction with the government and as well in private sector as a proof of identification.

FilSys is a machine-readable identification card that contains multiple data that can be used not only for identification but also for government transactions. It will also serve as a social security card, tax information card, health card and other government-issued identification cards.

According to Davao City Representative who passed the Bill the purpose of this new bill is if every Filipino has a National ID, it will immediately identify who is a law-abiding citizen of the lawless elements especially in our country that is facing threats to national and global security.