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FALSE: National ID owners get P10,000 aid after online registration

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FALSE: National ID owners get P10,000 aid after online registration
The Facebook page and website that spread the claim are not affiliated with the government. As of November 17, there is no government program that gives National ID owners financial aid.
At a glance
  • Claim: National ID holders will receive P10,000 of financial aid if they register online via the website “dswd-ayuda-news.blogspot.com.” The financial aid will be sent through a Land Bank of the Philippines ATM account.
  • Rating: FALSE
  • The facts: The websites that spread the claim are not affiliated with the government. There is no government program as of November 17 that gives P10,000 financial assistance to national ID holders.
  • Why we fact-checked this: The Facebook page and website that made this claim are posing as government agencies, which could deceive people into giving their personal information. 
Complete details

A dubious website claims that Filipinos who have a national ID will receive P10,000 financial aid from the government. This amount will be sent through a Land Bank of the Philippines automated teller machine account. It says that, in order to receive this amount, national ID holders must register online via “dswd-ayuda-news.blogspot.com.”

This link has been circulating on Facebook since November 6. The image thumbnail of the web page says, “MAGREGISTER NA DITO! LAHAT NG MAY NATIONAL ID MAY AYUDA NA P10,000.00 | ILALAGAY SA LANDBANK ATM.” (Register here now! Everyone who has a national ID will be given financial aid worth P10,000 | It will be sent through a Landbank ATM.)

When clicked, the page includes a link to “www.Registration_National_Id.com,” where National ID owners are supposed to register their names.

Comments on the posts on Facebook show users sharing their personal information, such as names and phone numbers. The website has also a list of supposed beneficiaries.

This is false.

The websites “dswd-ayuda-news.blogspot.com” and “www.Registration_National_Id.com” are not affiliated with the government. 

Official government websites use “.gov.ph” in their domains. Blogspot, which was included in the domain of the dubious website, is a free domain service provider, which means anyone can set up a page using the service.

Republic Act 11055, also known as the Philippine Identification System Act (PhilSys), was signed on August 6, 2018. Section 15 says that the government agency that leads the implementation of PhilSys is the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). 

The PSA partnered with Landbank in January 2021 to provide PhilSys registrants with their first transaction account. According to a PSA press release dated November 10, 5.9 million registrants had been onboarded through Landbank’s co-location in PhilSys registration centers.

The PSA release said: “This transaction account can be used to withdraw cash at ATMs and point-of-sale (POS) terminals, perform cashless transactions, do tap payments, shop online, and even receive government subsidies. They can also cash-in, cash-out, and transfer funds at any LANDBANK Branch or Agent Banking Partner.”

However, as of Wednesday, November 17, there is no government program that gives national ID owners financial aid. – Owenh Toledo/Rappler.com

Owenh Toledo is a graduate of Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program. This fact check was reviewed by a member of Rappler’s research team and a senior editor. Learn more about Rappler’s fact-checking mentorship program here.

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