The Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) will be issuing new postal identification cards with better security features that are harder to imitate.
The new security features include a hologram of a running mailman that can be seen only at a specific angle, ultraviolet ink, and a "ghost" image of the cardholder's photo.
These new features are on top of the existing Postal Reference Number, guilloche and Quick Response code already present in the postal IDs introduced in November 2014.
Biometric data are also included in the new IDs for added protection.
"Because of all these features, it would be extremely difficult and expensive for entrepreneurial folks to copy or fake the improved ID," said Luis Carlos, PHLPost assistant postmaster general for marketing, in an interview with the Inquirer.
Carlos added that, with the new security features, it will be impossible for one person to apply for different IDs under different names.
"If, for example, Evelyn who has already applied for an ID tries to apply again under the name Maria, the system will alert us that she is already in the system because of the unique [biometric data]," said Carlos.
Following the recent hacking of the Commission on Elections website, however, Carlos further added that their Automated Fingerprint Identification System software is fully secure.
PHLPost is working with Filmetrics Corp, a local IT company, for the management of the cardholders' biometrics data. The company also worked with the Social Security System for the Unified Multipurpose ID.
A QR code scanner mobile app is also now available to verify the authenticity of cardholders' information. The application can be downloaded on iOS and Android devices.
The improved postal ID costs PhP504, inclusive of value-added tax and delivery fee. Application and data capturing can be done at any Post Office branches nationwide.