Delivery of first batch of national IDs underway — PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   May 5, 2021   •   514

MANILA, Philippines — The delivery of the first batch of Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards has begun, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

The PSA said the ID cards, which were printed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), were picked up by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) on May 1.

PHLPost, the official delivery partner of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), will distribute the IDs this week to Filipinos who have completed the first and second steps in registering for PhilSys.

The PSA said a total of 956 PhilIDs packaged in a regular-sized envelope will be delivered nationwide, including Metro Manila, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Pampanga, Rizal, Cavite, Iloilo, Bacolod, Albay, Bohol, Masbate, Capiz, Negros Oriental, Cebu, and Davao, among others.

“We are pleased to have commenced this major milestone in the implementation of the PhilSys. This exercise showed us what can be improved in our card production and personalization machines and processes,” PSA Undersecretary Dennis Mapa said in a statement.

“Our next step is to ensure that the machines are running in good condition for us to determine the volume of the next batch of PhilIDs to be produced, personalized, and delivered,” he added.

The first step in the registration process involves gathering of demographic information such as name, gender, birthplace and birth date, blood type, address, citizenship, marital status, cellphone number, and email address – from the targeted registrants.

Step 2 entails the capture the biometric information such as iris scan, fingerprints, and photograph at the PhilSys registration centers.

The third step is the issuance of PhilSys number and the distribution of the physical ID.

The PSA earlier said it targets to register 70 million Filipinos by the end of the year, and nearly the entire population by 2022.

The national ID system is being implemented pursuant to the Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.

The measure seeks to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens of the country.

It also aims to “promote seamless delivery of service, to improve the efficiency, transparency, and targeted delivery of public and social services, to enhance administrative governance, to reduce corruption and curtail bureaucratic red tape, to avert fraudulent transactions and misrepresentations, to strengthen financial inclusion, and to promote ease of doing business.”

COVID-19 among leading causes of death in PHL in 2021 – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   January 17, 2022

The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was among the top three causes of death in the Philippines in 2021, according to data released by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Monday.

The PSA said that from January to October 2021, the leading causes of death in the country were ischaemic heart diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, and deaths due to COVID-19.

The agency said that during this period, ischaemic heart diseases were the top cause of death with 110,332 cases or 18.3 percent of the total deaths in the country.

“This indicated an increase of about 28.0 percent from the 86,164 deaths or 16.9 percent of the total deaths in the same period of 2020,” it added.

The second top cause of death were cerebrovascular diseases with 58,880 deaths (9.7% share of the total) during the said period.

The PSA said this is 10.9 percent higher than the 53,082 cases recorded in the same period in 2020.

Deaths due to COVID-19 with virus identified was ranked as the third leading cause which accounted for 51,514 deaths (8.5% share), rising from rank 15 with 7,357 deaths (1.4% share) in the same period of 2020.

The PSA, however, noted that it separated COVID-19 cases under two classifications — COVID-19 with virus identified and COVID-19 virus not identified. Both were included in the top 10 leading causes of death in the country.

Registered deaths due to COVID-19 with virus not identified accounted for 23,771 or 3.9 percent of the total deaths from January to October 2021, making it the 8th leading cause of death.

Registered deaths due to COVID-19 accounted for a total of 75,285 deaths or 12.5 percent of the total registered deaths from January to October 2021.

 

Figure 1. All Causes of Mortality (Top 20), Philippines, January to October, 2020 and 2021

The PSA said that the National Capital Region (NCR) registered the highest number of deaths due to COVID-19 with 18,044 or 24.0 percent of the total COVID-19 deaths from January to October 2021.

CALABARZON ranked second with 16,630 deaths or 22.1%, while Central Luzon came in third with 14,252 deaths (18.9%).

Figure 3. COVID-19 Deaths in NCR Jan to Oct 2021

Other top leading causes of death in the country are neoplasms or cancer with 48,937 recorded cases from January to October 2021, and diabetes mellitus with 38,584 cases, the PSA said.

Inflation rate goes down to 3.6% in December 2021

Maris Federez   •   January 5, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s inflation slowed down to an 11-month low of 3.6 percent in December, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Wednesday.

In a virtual briefing, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Dennis Mapa said the inflation has slowed down from the 4.2 percent recorded in November last year. However, this was still higher than the 3.5 percent recorded in December 2020.

The latest inflation figure brought the year-to-date figure to 4.5 percent which is above the government’s target of 2 to 4 percent.

Mapa said the December decelerated inflation was due to the slow movement of the price of food and non-alcoholic beverages.

“The main source of the downward trend of the December 2021 overall inflation was primarily brought about by the slower annual increase in food and non-alcoholic beverages at 3.1 percent in December 2021, from 3.9 percent in November 2021,” he said.

Mapa also noted that the onslaught of Typhoon Odette in Southern Luzon and the Visayas and Mindanao has not affected the prices of goods.

“Sa datos na nakita namin, kanina nireport ko, inflation outside the National Capital Region bumaba ang pesyo ng gulay e. So, hindi naman nagkaroon ng malaking epekto yung bagyo,” Mapa said.

“Of course, we will check regional data. Pero bumaba ang inflation due to reduction of food price. May nakita kaming pagtaas ng meat products, siguro because of the holidays, pero sa ibang products hindi tumaas talaga,” he added. —/mbmf

PhilSys registers 50 million Filipinos; hits target for 2021

Maris Federez   •   December 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More than 50 million Filipinos have successfully registered in the second step of the national identification system.

In a statement released Tuesday (December 14), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that it has successfully achieved its registration target this year as 50,014,382 Filipinos completed their Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Step 2 Registration as of 11 December 2021.

The PSA said the Step 2 Registration, which involves validating supporting documents and collecting biometric information, began in January 2021 in 32 priority provinces that were considered low-risk areas for Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Despite the pandemic, the PSA said that it was able to expand operations to more cities and municipalities nationwide.

“The PSA salutes all those who contributed to this milestone for the PhilSys Step 2 Registration,” said National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Usec. Dennis S. Mapa.

“Notwithstanding the pandemic and the restrictions that came with it, the PSA—together with its field offices, partner agencies, and key stakeholders—worked relentlessly to ensure that more Filipinos can begin registering for their PhilIDs,” he added.

Meanwhile, for Step 3 Registration, the PSA is continuously working to speed up the issuance of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and the delivery of Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards to registrants.

The printing and issuance of the ID card are in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the card production, and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) for door-to-door delivery.

The PSA said that based on the December 10 record, 4,414,393 Filipinos have already received their PhilID cards.

These cards will soon have a digital version through the soon-to-be-launched PhilSys mobile app. Registrants can already use this alternative while waiting for their actual PhilIDs, the national statistics office said.

“We remain steadfast in our efforts to continue registering the general population. This coming 2022, the PSA hopes to establish partnerships with more government agencies and private groups to provide Filipinos, resident aliens, and even Overseas Filipinos the convenience of PhilSys registration,” said Assistant Secretary Bautista, Deputy National Statistician of the PhilSys Registry Office (PRO).

For the latest on PhilSys, the public may be reached through the official PhilSys website (https://philsys.gov.ph) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PSAPhilSysOfficial/), the PhilSys Registry Office via hotline number 1388 or e-mail at info@philsys.gov.ph. –/mbmf

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