The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Monday, Oct. 18, that the Philippine Identification Card (PhilID) is accepted as a proof of identity of its program beneficiaries.
The DSWD said its decision was “harmonious” to the Republic Act No. 11055 or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act.
“DSWD accepts the PhilID in all of its transactions across various programs and services along with financial, medical, burial, and out-right cash assistance,” it said.
The Social Welfare department said its clients will no longer be required to present any other documents since the PhilID card serves as the official government-issued identification document of the card holders.
It said the national ID “is sufficient proof for identification and verification.”
DSWD Secretary Rolando Joselito Bautista said the agency’s adoption of PhilSys for authentication of its program beneficiaries was aimed at promoting transparent and seamless delivery of social protection services.
“With the Philsys-enabled services adopted in DSWD programs, we strive to promote seamless service delivery in order to improve the efficiency, and transparency of our social protection programs. The Philsys ID, as a valid proof of identity, is easily accessible to everyone,” he said.
The DSWD and the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) signed a memorandum of agreement (MOA) on DSWD’s adoption of the PhilSys for the identification and verification of its program beneficiaries.
With the signing of MOA, the DSWD became the first national government agency to adopt PhilSys for authentication of its beneficiaries.
The MOA provides the pilot testing through Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) and Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program, along with gradual integration of PhilSys Annual Poverty Indicator (API)-enabled services into all DSWD programs over three years.
The DSWD encouraged national ID holders to use their PhilID cards for authentication purposes, especially in dealing with all national government agencies, including DSWD, local government units and even private sector entities.
“Following the third and final step of the Philippine Statistics Authority’s roll out of the Philippine Identification System mass registration, the Department further encouraged its clients to secure PhilID to easily and efficiently facilitate transaction with DSWD.”