PSA Urges OFWs to Register for Philippine National ID

The Philippine Statistics Authority has called on overseas Filipino workers to register for the Philippine national ID which seeks to consolidate dozens of government identification cards into one.

PSA head Lisa Grace Bersales said the PSA is planning to submit a proposal to the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration to help them ensure that every OFW has registered for the ID before leaving the country.

Bersales said though that OFWs can also secure their national IDs while abroad by visiting the Philippine Consulates/Embassies in their respective countries. However, there is no implementing rule regarding the registration yet.

Earlier, PSA announced that the registration for the Philippine national ID is set to begin in December this year as a part of its dry run phase.

During its dry run phase, the PSA is targeting to have one million Filipinos registered for the ID system.

Among the benefits of the national ID include:
– The ID will serve as an official government-issued identification document
– It can be used when applying for a passport and driver’s license
– It will reduce the cost of having to apply for multiple valid IDs
– It can be used for voting registration and identification
– Opening bank accounts and tax-related transactions

Those who will register for the national ID will be given a Common Reference Number (CRN) with their personal information including their full name, sex, blood type, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, address, and a front facing photo.

The ID will consolidate government-issued IDs such as PhilHealth, GSIS, Pag-ibig, SSS, NBI, TIN, Philippine Postal ID, barangay, and voter’s ID, driver’s license and passports.