Marriage stats down by 50% in 2020 – PSA

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2021   •   189

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the number of marriages in the country dropped by 50 percent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on records, the number of marriages registered in PSA last year was only 217,336 as compared to the number of registered marriages in 2019 which is 431,972.

The top five cities with the most number of marriages include Quezon City (8,956); Manila (5,356); Caloocan City (3,416); Davao (2,018); Cagayan de Oro (2,007).

Meanwhile, the provinces with the highest number of marriages registered in 2020 include Cavite (8,101); Pangasinan (7,853); Batangas (7,611); Bulacan (6,903); and Cebu (6,567).

PSA warns against fake National ID processing services online

Marje Pelayo   •   December 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) warns the public against groups or individuals offering to assist in the processing of PhilSys ID or the national ID with corresponding fees.

The PSA has received reports that a certain Facebook  group named ‘Philippine National ID (News & Information),’ and an individual using the name ‘Calvin Processings’ are offering such services online.

According to PSA, the PhilSys registration for the national ID is free and any posts or offers that are asking for payments for processing are fake.

The agency reminds that PhilSys registration has three steps set by the government:

Step 1 – Registration, or the collection of demographic data and setting the appointment

Step 2 – Capturing the fingerprints and iris scans of the registrants

Step 3 – Issuance of PhilSys Numbers (PSNs) and physical IDs

The agency noted that Step 1 has already commenced and PSA registration officers are going house-to-house to collect demographic information of a select sample of low-income household heads from 32 priority provinces.

Registration for PhilSys will be officially open to the public in 2021.

The Agency also warned the public that the unauthorized issuance and use of the PhilSys ID is punishable by law, with 6 years imprisonment and a fine of P1-3 million according to the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of  R.A. No. 11055 or Philippine Identification System Act.

Any illegal activities concerning the PhilSys ID system can be reported through the PhilSys Facebook page or through hotline numbers 1388.

5.7M Filipinos complete first step of national ID registration — PSA

Marje Pelayo   •   November 26, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced on Wednesday (November 25) that a total of 5,788,615 Filipinos have already completed the first step of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration as of November 20.

According to the agency, the initial step included house-to-house collection of the demographic information of low-income household heads in 32 priority provinces.

These provinces include 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, Davao De Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Leyte, and Tawi-tawi.

PSA also reported that 89 percent of registrants expressed that they currently do not have bank accounts which highlights the importance of obtaining a national ID, since having a formal identification is one of the requirements needed to open an account.

The ID will also allow more Filipinos to receive faster government subsidies, access legitimate financial services, and help them veer away from informal lending practices that charge excessive interest rates.

The second step of the registration process was supposed to start on November 25 until November 30 but was postponed due to the recent typhoons.

“We partnered with the Department of National Defense to transport our registration kits to the 32 provinces, but due to the recent typhoons and the resulting relief efforts, we are encountering minor delays,” said Assistant Secretary Rosalinda Bautista, Deputy National Statistician of the PhilSys Registry Office (PRO).

“We ask for the public’s understanding of the situation as the delivery of assistance to those affected by the typhoon is of utmost importance,” the official concluded. MNP / Raymund David

Malacañang believes downhill inflation to continue until end of year

Maris Federez   •   August 6, 2019

The country’s inflation rate in July has gone down to 2.4%, according to the latest Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) report.

This is lower compared with the 2.7% inflation rate in June and 5.8% in July of last year.

This is also the lowest since January of 2017, which was in the forecast of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) to be in between 2 and 2.8%.

According to National Statistician Claire Dennis Mapa, a price reduction of food and non-alcoholic beverages; decrease in housing, water, electricity, gas, and other petroleum products rates; and decrease in transport rate contributed to the slowing down of the country’s inflation.

Across regions, Region 7 recorded the lowest inflation so far with 1.1 %, while Mimaropa registered the highest with 4.9%, which was attributed to the high expense in transportation.

Meanwhile, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is confident that the slowing down of the country’s inflation will continue for the rest of the year, and will achieve its target range of 3% for the whole year and on to the next.

In its statement released on Tuesday (August 6), the BSP said, “the inflation rate of 2.4 percent for July 2019 is consistent with the BSP’s prevailing assessment that inflation will continue to decelerate in Q3 2019 before firmly settling within the target range of 3.0 percent ± 1.0 percentage point for 2019 and 2020.”

Malacañang shares the agency’s confidence.

Presidential spokesperson Atty. Salvador Panelo said, “this is indicative of the hard work and strong political will of the President and our economic managers in reining in on the soaring prices of basic goods and services.”

“Filipino consumers can rest assured that the Duterte Administration will continue to work tirelessly in implementing macro-economic policies which will have a positive impact that can be felt by our nation,” Panelo added. (with details from Harlene Delgado) /mbmf


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