Philpost ID now a primary gov't document; hard to fake

PACKED with advanced biometrics-based security features, the new postal identification card (ID) is now considered a primary government document, an official said.

The Philippine Postal Corporation (Philpost)-Davao bared the improved and digitized ID as a primary document in passport applications in the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA).

Philpost Eastern Mindanao account manager Lloydie Labanon, in an interview with SunStar Davao Monday, March 20, said it has improved physical and security features that guarantee a safe and reliable identification.

Labanon noted that aside from the DFA, the Bangko Sentral ng ilipinas also accepts the improved ID a primary form of identification.

Harder to fake

The improved postal ID released last May 2016 has better security features which are difficult to fake compared to the IDs introduced in November 2014.

Labanon said that aside from the existing Postal Reference Number, guilloche and Quick Response code, the security features on the improved postal ID include a hologram of a running mailman seen only at a certain angle, ultraviolet (UV) ink that lights up under UV light and a smaller "ghost" image of the cardholder's photo.

The improved ID costs P504, inclusive of value-added tax and delivery fee.

Those who plan to apply can visit the Philpost offices located in Davao Region.

Applicants can expect their cards to be delivered to their specified address within 13 to 15 days.