Manila, Philippines – The Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) has announced that as of 1 August 2019 it will recognize the postal identification number issued by the Philippine Post Corporation (PhlPost) as a valid government document for passport applications.
DFA, represented by the Office of Consular Affairs Assistant Secretary Neil Frank Ferrer, and PhlPost, represented by the Assistant Chief of Marketing and Support Services Luis Carlos, signed an MOA in July 8 of the PhlPost ID adoption a valid passport application.
"The MOA provides for the creation of a POVS, a software application that facilitates easy confirmation of PhlPost authentication," a DFA statement said on Tuesday
PhlPost, in a separate statement, noted that the MOA would also provide DFA with access to POVS.
POVS is a web-based application developed by the state-owned postal corporation, PhlPost reported.
According to PhlPost, DFA will use POVS to "verify the authenticity of the postcard submitted by the cardholder".
"POVS is expected to respond to concerns about the integrity of the card presented, the issues surrounding counterfeit cards and how to smoothly verify and authenticate postcards," he added.
Based on the DFA website, other acceptable Passport IDs are listed:
– Social Security System (SSS) / Government Assurance System (GSIS) – Unified Multi-Purpose Identity Card (UMID)
– Driver's license for the Land Transport Service (LTO). Student permission can be accepted if it is in a card format.
– Professional Regulatory Commission (PRC) ID number
– Social Care Overseas Administration (OWWA) E-Card
– Electoral Commission (COMELEC), voter identity card or voter selector with dry print
– Philippine National Police (PNP) – license for firearms
– ID of an adult citizen
– Airman License (issued in August 2016)
– School ID (if applicable)
– Current valid ePassport (for renewal of ePassport)
– For applicants abroad, they may use the government IDs of the receiving ID to show their Filipino citizenship. (example: residence card). / MUF
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