Credit to Author: The Manila Times| Date: Thu, 29 Oct 2020 16:24:41 +0000
MORE than 2 million Filipinos have now taken the first step to register for a national ID, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Thursday.
In a statement, the statistics agency said that as of October 27, 2,104,904 individuals had completed Step 1 of their registration with the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).
This step involved government workers visiting house after house and collecting demographic information from the residents. This was conducted as a precautionary measure against the coronavirus disease 2019.
Thirty-one out of 32 provinces are on track in the registration: Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao De Oro, Davao Occidental, and Tawi-tawi.
“This is a huge milestone for the PhilSys program, and this puts us on track to begin Step 2 of registration this year. As we continue our operations, we expect to gain more insights on how we can fine-tune our processes to give the best PhilSys registration experience to our citizens,” National Statistician Claire Dennis Mapa said in the statement.
The PSA said Step 1 was the first in a three-step process toward the implementation of the national ID system.
Step 2 involves capturing the registrants’ biometric data, such as iris scans, fingerprint scans and front-face photograph. This is set to begin this year.
Step 3 involves a PhilSys Number and a physical ID being issued to the registered individual.
According to the agency, PhilSys will help low-income families open bank accounts, access basic banking services, and receive government subsidies more easily.