Date Posted: May 26, 2017

KALINGA—Forty indigenous individuals from the Butbut Tribe of Barangay Buscalan, Tingalayan, Kalinga, were given free Postal IDs as part of the first year anniversary celebration of the digitization of Postal ID.

May 2017 marks its first year anniversary after the Improved Postal ID launch in 2016. A monthlong celebration is lined up, including the free postal ID capturing for indigenous members of the community.

The team from PHLPost Central Office and partner WeVolunTOUR made their way to the mountainous province of Kalinga to provide mobile capturing to the members of Butbut Tribe.

“Masaya kami na nabigyan kami ng libreng Postal ID. Dati kailangan pa namin pumunta at mag-commute ng tatlong oras sa Tabuk para makapag-apply ng ID. First time na yung gobyerno ang umakyat dito sa aming lugar para bigyan kami ng ID. [We are happy that we were given free Postal ID. Before we need to go and commute for three hours to Tabuk to apply for an ID. This is the first time that the government came to our community to give us an ID],” Tribe Elder Gaspar Laguinday said in an interview.

The mobile capturing includes basic information gathering and biometrics capture.

Among the tribe member who availed of the free Postal ID is the Philippine National Artist Whang-od.

According to the tribe elder, this is the first government issued ID to be given to Whang-Od who celebrated her 100th birthday last February.

“This is our way saying thank you for continuously patronizing the improved Postal ID since its launch last May 2016 by sharing free id to our indigenous brothers and sisters” PHLPost Postmaster General Joel L. Otarra said.

Aside from free postal ID, ID applicants in postal stations in select mall sites nationwide will be given the chance to join the “Postal ID Roll It To Win It”. Existing cardholders can also participate so long as they present their valid Postal ID cards at the mall sites on the specific promo weeks.

Simultaneously, an online raffle will run on the Postal ID social-media platforms. Five lucky cardholders will each receive a Postal ID Summer-Fun Kaarawan Birthday Blowout Box, which contains exclusive travel and leisure gift certificates, amazing goodies, a limited edition Postal ID 1st anniversary memorabilia and more. The winners will be announced online, and their prizes will be delivered right at their doorsteps.

Postal ID is the easiest to obtain and most secured identification card in the country. Infuse with different security feature; the postal id is a primary government issued identication card that is recognized by most of the agencies and institution.

“These free Postal ID is a useful identification card for our indigenous member of the community, as they will be able to gain access to important institutions and explore greater livelihood opportunities, ultimately forging ahead through a socially inclusive society” PMG Otarra added.