MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has announced that the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card may now be accepted at SM malls in its business center services such as foreign currency exchange, remittance services, and credit card transactions.
The PSA said this is part of the agency’s partnership with the mall management in its Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) program.
SM Supermalls also enjoined its retail partner affiliates and tenants to accept the card as sufficient proof of identity.
The PSA said this honors the previously signed Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the agency and SM Prime Holdings to bring PhilSys closer to the mall-going public.
“The action of SM Groups to accept the PhilID as a valid ID for a financial service they offer is a big leap for PhilSys, as this will achieve our goal of providing easier, safer, and more secure access to services to the public. As we continue to work in solidarity with SM Prime Holdings, we at the PSA, commit to giving Filipinos more convenient access to private and public transactions”, said National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Dennis S. Mapa.
“The PhilID will boost the efficiency of transacting inside our Mall and retail partners when availing of services and products. Since June 2021, individuals who exchange foreign banknotes through any SM Store branch nationwide have the option to present their PhilID as a single valid identifying document during the transaction”, said SM Supermalls President Steven T. Tan.
Currently, SM Supermalls is offering PhilSys Step 2 registration in select branches as part of the MOU. Step 1 Registration must be filled out and completed at the official PhilSys web portal and booking a schedule at the available locations.
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development is running a pilot set for the use of PhilID in its programs including Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Programs (4Ps) and Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program.
The PSA added that the agency is set to launch a mobile version of the PhilID as an alternative to the physical PhilID card in order to further encourage the use of the PhilSys in digital transactions.
Through this, the PSA said, PhilSys takes a step further into its goal of transitioning the country into a digital economy by providing Filipinos with a formal identification system that can be verified both online and offline.