Trabahong tamad! Amid printing woes, DICT’s Ivan Uy to launch digital version of national ID

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) is set to roll out a digital version of the national ID as delays continued to hound the printing of ID cards.

DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy said the digital ID may be integrated with the eGovPH App, the national government’s one-stop-shop app for various transactions.

“Habang they’re taking their time to do the physical printed ID, we will also deploy our digital ID dahil mas mabilis po ito,” he said, adding that the digital version of the national ID may be available for download by December 2023.

Last year, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) launched an electronic version of the national IDs due to the delay in printing physical ID cards.

PSA has blamed the limited printing capacity of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas for the slowdown in printing of physical ID cards. The ePhilID, meanwhile, can be laminated.

To date, PSA said it has already “captured” the data of 80 million Filipinos for the national ID.

Trio wins physics Nobel for work on exploring electrons

Three atomic physicists, France’s Pierre Agostini, Hungarian-Austrian Ferenc Krausz and French-Swedish Anne L’Huillier, won the Nobel Physics Prize on Tuesday for research into tools for exploring electrons inside atoms and molecules.