TACLOBAN CITY– A hefty penalty of about P500,000 will be imposed on agencies that will not accept the national identification card as a valid proof of identity with no valid reason.

This was disclosed by Wilma Perante, the regional director of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), during a recent media briefing.

Perante said that this is based on the Republic Act 11055 or the PhilSys Act, wherein penalties ranging from P50,000 up to P5 million are penalized to people or entities that commit crimes related to the Philippine Identification (PhilID).

Earlier, several establishments, including government offices, were reported to not accept or recognize the PSA—issued ID.

Perante added that the law states that the national ID will serve as the official government-issued identification document for national government agencies, government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions, and all private sector entities
The PSA official further states that the national ID is one of the 4 primary identification documents and is enough and valid proof of identity.