A memorandum of understanding (MoU) agreement has been signed between The Philippine Statistics Authority and the Department of Migrant Workers to provision a Philippine Identification Registration System for Filipino workers departing to or returning from overseas.

PhilSys services will be expanded to cater for the inclusion of Overseas Filipino Workers, who may live and work in another country for a period of time as Filipino citizens.

Philippine Identification System, or PhilSys, is the government’s central identification system for the registration of its citizens and enabling proof of identities at access facilities across the Philippines including, Government Service Insurance System, Social Security System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, the election commission, Government Service Insurance System and more government agencies.

“On behalf of the PSA, I would like to extend my gratitude to the DMW for this collaboration to make PhilSys services more accessible to our OFWs,” Usec. Mapa said. “Through this joint effort, we look forward to registering OFWs and providing them the benefits of being PhilSys-registered.” 

The partnership is an effort to register and recognise the last quarter of the population who are eligible to receive the PhilSys ID and as of 28 July 2023, over 80 million Filipinos  have already registered with PhilSys.

The MOA enables the PSA to be located at the Department of Migrant Workers’ office in Mandaluyong, as well as working with its agencies, regional offices, and service centres nationwide, the press release stated.

The registration process is now easy for migrant workers originating from Philippines to apply to PhilSys and claim a physical ePhilID card.

The anatomy of ePhilID includes many intricate security features that make up a complex design including, demographic information, a QR code, card number and front-facing photograph. The Philippine Identification System Act was signed in 2020, with the new national ID system being rolled out two years later.