The new postal ID features have finally been released for the public which, according to the Philippine Postal Corporation, is much harder to forge and replicate compared to the old design that was made out of laminated paper.
It could be seen that many Filipinos have a hard time making transactions with the various government agencies and banks because they do not have this so called Postal ID.
Postal IDs are one of the IDs needed in making transactions with the government.
PHILPOST has implemented the new ID recently. The Postal ID is now made up of plastic. According to them, there were numerous accounts that occurred in the past where the false paper IDs were easily copied and faked.
Due to these cases, many banks and institutions no longer accept postal IDs.
Postmaster General of PHILPOST, Josefina Dela Cruz said in a statement that there are so many laminating machines everywhere, resulting to fake IDs being easily made and used.
Dela Cruz stated that with the new design, she is hoping that past incidents would no longer happen.
There are many reasons why the new ID is hard to replicate. One is that it now includes a Quick Response Code (QR Code). There is an android app that verifies if the code is fake or authentic. It also has a magnetic stripe similar to that of credit cards, holographic security image and other security features.
Biometrics data of the owners are also included and the information is stored in a single database.
Now, Postal IDs are one of the six government-accredited IDs along with the Passport, SSS ID, GSIS ID, Driver’s License and Voter’s ID.
There is no age requirement in applying for a postal ID making it one of the most available IDs since students could also acquire it. The only requirements are one’s Birth Certificate and a barangay clearance.
The amount needed to get a postal ID remains uncertain but it is sure that the price won’t exceed P400-P800.
One can apply for the ID at one of the five pilot areas in Metro Manila as of the month of November. Twenty areas are said to be added to this number in December and by January 2015, it is expected that application for Postal IDs is already available nationwide.