In accordance with ongoing efforts to identify terrorists and unscrupulous individuals, the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) invited all of its personnel to register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) on Friday.
“The Philippine ID will not only provide us with a valid proof of identification, but it will also help government forces in the effort to hunt down terrorists, criminals, and unscrupulous individuals who hide behind false identities,” AFP vice chief-of-staff Lt. Gen. Erickson Gloria said in a statement.
The PhilSys registration for the AFP, Department of National Defense (DND), and other bureaus is scheduled from July 12 to August 10, with the target registrants of 15,000.
The PSA has assigned 15 PhilSys registration kits with a daily capacity of 600 to 750 people.
DND Secretary Delfin Lorenzana and Office of Civil Defense Administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad were among those who enrolled for their Philippine ID.
“The AFP supports the implementation of PhilSys as it shares mutual concerns and interest for public welfare. This endeavor to ease our people’s access to government services will significantly help us in our fight to address the root cause of armed conflict and radicalization,” Gloria said.
President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act, into law in August 2018, with the goal of creating a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident immigrants.
The national ID will serve as a valid proof of identity that will make public and private transactions, school enrollment, and bank account opening easier.
It also aims to improve efficiency, particularly when interacting with government services, by requiring consumers to provide only one form of identification during transactions.