The Philippine Statistics Authority is set to release a digital version of the PhilID which will be available in various formats—printed, downloadable, and mobile.
In an advisory, PSA said it intends to pilot test the printable version of the digital ID this semester and will benefit at least 20 million registrants who are still waiting for their physical card. The printable version will be rolled out by October, while the mobile version will be available by the end of the year, it added.
PSA assured the public that the digital PhilID will have the same functionality and validity as the physical ID.
It will allow registrants to enjoy the benefits of the PhilID as the PSA fast-tracks the printing and delivery of physical cards, it added.
PSA notes that the digital ID, particularly its printable format, contains a security feature that it shares with the physical ID. It has a unique digital signature through its QR code that can be used for authentication.
“Regardless of the format, this is your PhilID with the same functionality and validity,” said Fred Sollesta, Officer-in-Charge, Deputy National Statistician (OIC-DNS) of the PhilSys Registry Office.
In his state of the nation address, President Ferdinand Marcos Jr stressed that the national ID will play an important part in this digital transformation and for citizens to be able to seamlessly transact with government.