FB pixel

Philippines leader wants a digital national ID much sooner, with private sector help

Philippines leader wants a digital national ID much sooner, with private sector help

It may not have been a formal edict, but the leader of The Philippines has demanded his government – and requested businesses – to get a digital national ID to all nationals and resident aliens.

President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., whose father presided over the nation’s so-called golden age of brutal dictatorship, seems unhappy with the progress so far.

The Philippine System Act, decreeing creation of a coherent national ID program, was passed five years ago, according to news publisher Inquirer.net.

Inquirer.net has reported that Marcos, in a meeting with the Private Sector Advisory Council, requested help from the private sector in launching the mobile biometric PhilID app.

He also is envious of other nation’s ID programs, some of which are the basis of electronic prescription plans, transit ridership, ID verification and online banking. Marcos called for faster issuance of the country’s digital ID cards in mid-2022.

Another account, by the Philippine News Agency, reports a harsher tone.

Marcos allegedly “ordered” the government to get going.

The PhilID system is currently being used for SIM registration, amongst various other uses. Over 76 million people are registered so far.

Article Topics

 |   |   |   |   |   | 

Latest Biometrics News


Secure Technology Alliance launches template for using mobile driver’s licenses

Get used to the idea of your phone as your driver’s license. The ecosystem for mobile driver’s licenses (mDLs) continues…


Biometric identity verification launches and deals show diversity of approaches

The biometric identity verification market covers a wide variety of sectors and use cases, but the breadth is not just…


Decentralized digital identity is spreading as fresh use cases emerge

A recent post on Forrester’s website, written by VP and Principal Analyst Andras Cser, dips into how travel and mobile…


Cameroon building Digital Transformation Center to manage digital consular services

As part of a process launched last year by the government of Cameroon to modernize its consular services including the…


UK digital visas to fully replace physical immigration documents by 2025

In the UK, the Home Office has announced that it will invite those with physical immigration documents to create a…


iBeta biometric PAD evaluations grow in global prominence

Compliance with biometric presentation attack detection standards has become table stakes for numerous applications of face biometrics in particular, and…


Leave a Reply

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Featured Company