In line with its corporate rebranding and in an effort to adapt to the fast-changing times, the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) has ventured on yet another innovation to elevate identity security as it launches the Improved Postal ID on April 22, 2016 at the Manila Central Post Office. Having undergone extensive security modifications, it is expected to meet, if not exceed, the rampant need for identity protection.
In order to immediately ensure validity, the Improved ID is infused with additional physical security features that are difficult to reproduce. These include 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. It also has a ghost image which is a slightly transparent copy of the applicant’s photograph.
Meanwhile, all the physical security features from the previous ID such as the guilloche and the Quick Response code will be retained in the card. Dissemination of the use of the QR code scanner, which could be installed in any smartphone, will continue to be implemented as well. Using this application, front-liners could easily and immediately verify authenticity of the card presented by the applicant.
Aside from the existing Postal Reference Number (PRN) which could be found in the previous ID, the Improved ID is subjected under Automated Fingerprint Identification System (AFIS) to further guarantee uniqueness. AFIS is a software that compares an applicant’s fingerprint to the fingerprint database record.
These additional physical and biometrics security features offer convenience, security and access in the highest level for they confirm and protect an individual’s identity, combat counterfeit and assist in forging stable transactions.
Very soon, the ID will also be infused with value-added features that aim to benefit consumers nationwide.
Filipinos and foreign residents of any age or profession could apply for an Improved Postal ID. Application forms are available in any post office, or could be downloaded online at postalidph.com or phlpost.gov.ph.
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