As the national identification cards will soon be available in the Philippines, Overseas Filipino Workers who are set to leave the country needs to have the card before they can go to their country of destination.
According to the head of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Dr. Lisa Grace Bersales, they are coordinating with the Philippine Overseas Employment Administration (POEA) to require OFWs leaving the country to secure their national IDs first.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act that is set to provide plastic-machine readable ID cards for all Filipinos. The ID card will also set as a proof that you are included in the list of the nationwide data-base for the faster transaction in government offices.
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“We plan to propose to the POEA that our OFWs before they leave the country, secure a national ID,” says Bersales.
Meanwhile, everything remains a plan since OFWs can also get their ID cards in the consulates once the circulation starts.
The PhilSys, which was signed in August, cannot be issued right away to Filipinos as it may take until March 2019 for the issuance of the first card.
The PhilSys Act also suggests that parents must register their children as soon as they get their birth certificate. For their biometrics, they can have it later, when they reach the age of five. Once done, the child can have the ID that he can claim when he reaches 18 years old.
With this PhilSys ID, Filipinos will no longer have to go through the problem of no identification whenever they have to undergo a transaction.