Gov’t to start trial run of National ID System

Dharel Placido, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 29 2018 04:04 PM

MANILA - The government will soon start a 6-month test run of the National ID System, as it aims to register over 100 million Filipino citizens and resident aliens by 2023.

National Statistician Lisa Bersales said the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), in coordination with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost), will hold a “proof of concept” trial starting November, wherein some 1 million beneficiaries of the Unconditional Cash Transfer Program will be registered under the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

“We are going to do a proof of concept this year before the year ends. This is to test the system and the processes that we have already crafted for PhilSys. This proof of concept is end to end. We will test registration, validation, all the process in between, up to the issuance of the Philippine ID,” Bersales said in a Palace press briefing.

Bersales said the resources needed for the proof of concept stage will be still be procured.

After the trial run, the government will target to register 5 million individuals from September to December 2019, and 25 million individuals every year from 2020 to 2023.

Bersales said parallel with the proof of concept period will be the privacy impact assessment to ensure that the privacy of an individual holding a "Phil ID" will not be violated.

“Once we have already started the proof of concept, we shall also do vulnerability assessment and penetration testing to ensure that the system ensuring the privacy of citizens,” she said.

The PhilSys mandates the government to produce a valid proof of identity for all citizens and resident aliens. It aims to eliminate other forms of identification when transacting with the government and the private sector.