By Evelyn Macairan
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) assured the public Friday that the new and improved postal identification card has been beefed up.
“I think it is fully secured. It is almost the same as what other countries have. All of the security features that we could think of, we have put in this card (so it would be difficult to produce a fake postal ID). Unless they have a printing facility that does this kind of thing, which is very expensive for them to invest in,” Assistant Postmaster General for marketing Luis Carlos said.
He issued the assurance after hackers released voters’ information taken from the Commission on Elections database.
Carlos said aside from having a postal reference number, quadratic residue code and guilloche, the Phlpost has added physical security features in the new ID card.
The new card will bear the cardholder’s thumbprint and image, making it more difficult for forgers to duplicate the card.
The cardholder’s information will be stored in Phlpost’s Automated Fingerprint Identification System database, so if the same person applies for another postal ID using a different name, it would raise a red flag and the Phlpost will refuse the application, Carlos said.
He said the database is owned by the corporation, which celebrated its 24th year on Friday, and Phlpost is planning to transfer the information to the government’s Information Communication Technology Office.
The waiting time for a new card is between 13 and 15 days since only the central office is able to manufacture the cards. Phlpost plans to cut down the waiting time to two days once it puts up printing facilities in Cebu and Davao.
The postal ID card could be used as a secondary form of identification when transacting with some banks. It is also accepted by the Department of Foreign Affairs.
The other government-issued IDs are the passport, professional license, GSIS, SSS, driver’s license.
However, these cards would require the applicant meeting other requirements, unlike a postal ID card, which could be made available even to the indigents and unemployed.
The postal ID is available for P504, inclusive of value-added tax.
By Isabel Doria
As it marked its 24th corporate anniversary, the Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) launched Friday, April 22, a new Postal ID that it said is now more secure.
PHLPost said the new ID can now be used in transactions in private and public offices.
It said the ID has “extensive security modifications” that can thwart identity theft.
Among the security features of the new ID are a hologram of a running mailman; a special UV ink that lights up when exposed to ultraviolet light; and a “ghost image” of the holder’s photo.
The ID also has a Postal Reference Number (PRN), guilloche and QR code, and supports Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS).
PHLPost said there are 541,577 Postal ID card holders nationwide as of December 2015.
The new Postal ID is available to all Filipinos living here and abroad and to foreigners living in the Philippines for at least six months upon application, for P504.
PHLPost said it will start printing the ID by May, and send these to applicants via mail.
Taken from newscentral.ph
by Nelson S. Bandila
THE Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) on Friday launched its improved postal identification card (Postal ID) that it said could even detect money launderers.
Luis Carlos, Assistant Postmaster General for Marketing, told The Manila Times that security features of the improved Postal ID protect people and institutions from being victims or pawns of money launderers.
When asked in what way the latest Postal ID could be a help in detecting the money launderers, he said the ID could ascertain if a person who transacts money with a bank, for example, is a money-launderer or not.
Carlos added that culprits in the $81 million that was recently laundered through a bank in the Philippines could be traced with accuracy through the security features of the new Postal ID.
He cited the Automated Fingerprint Identification System or AFIS on top of existing features of the ID.
The new ID has “additional physical security features that are difficult to reproduce [like] a hologram of a running mailman which can only be seen in certain angles, and a UV ink or special ink that lights up to ultraviolet light,” Carlos said.
It also has a ghost image, a slightly transparent copy of the applicant’s photograph, he added. The new Postal ID is acceptable in all government and private institutions, Carlos said.
Taken from manilatimes.net