Minors, seniors now allowed to physically register for nat’l ID — PSA

Marje Pelayo   •   July 15, 2021   •   1136

MANILA, Philippines — Minors 15 to 17 years old and senior citizens above 65 years of age are now allowed to register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or the national ID.

Pursuant to Resolution No. 114 of the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID), individuals of the said age bracket may go to registration centers for the next process of ID registration.

Step 1 of the registration is done online for the registrant’s demographic data. After accomplishing the required information, the registrant will be directed to book for Step 2 registration.

Step 2 is the confirmation of demographics data given in Step 1 and the recording of the person’s biometrics such as fingerprints, iris scan, and front-facing photograph.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reminds registrants to observe standard health protocols when transacting on-site such as wearing of face mask, alcohol sanitation, and proper physical distance.

Registrants are advised to bring their own personal ball pen and necessary documents, such as a birth certificate or any government-issued ID that bears the individual’s date of birth.

Minors should be accompanied by a parent or a guardian.

PSA warns of imprisonment, P3-M fine vs producers of fake PhilSys ID

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) advised the public to register for Philippine Identification (PhilID) card at PhilSys’ official website to make sure of getting a genuine National ID.

This, after the PSA received information on the proliferation of social media accounts and websites claiming they are legitimate online accounts of PSA and PhilSys.

In an interview on Wednesday (September 15), PSA Assistant Secretary Rose Bautista said they are determined to file appropriate cases against producers of fake PhilID.

“Para sa mga maga-attempt na mag peke ng kanilang ID o mag-produce ng kanilang ID, mayroon po tayong karapatan [mag-enforce] ng penalties at charges,” she said.

“Mayroon po kaming division dito sa PhilSys registry office na who will look into at mag-file ng kaso para doon sa mga madi-discover namin ito ang mga pekeng ID na prinesent nila,” she added.

Thus, the official asked the public not to post their National ID on social media as they are exposing their identity.

“Ang iba masyadong excited kapag nakuha na nila ang kanilang PhilID. Pini-picture nila. Please lang po huwag ninyong gawin iyan. Iyan po ay something na dapat ay itinatago at hindi ineexpose sa fraud,” Bautista stressed.

Production and presentation of fake PhilID face a penalty of P1-M to P3-M and imprisonment from three to six years under the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act.

The PSA is encouraging all Filipinos to register for the National ID given that the online registration remains open even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

32% ng senior citizens sa bansa, fully vaccinated vs COVID-19 — DOH

Robie de Guzman   •   August 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Nasa 32 porsiyento na ng mga senior citizen sa bansa ang nabakunahan laban sa COVID-19, ayon sa Department of Health (DOH).

Mula Agosto 1, mahigit na sa 2.6 milyong senior citizen ang fully vaccinated habang nasa 2.8 milyon ang nakatanggap ng first dose.

Sa Metro Manila, halos 63 percent na ng mga senior citizen na nakalista sa master list ang mga fully vaccinated habang 68 percent naman ay nabakunahan ng first dose.

Ngunit ayon kay Dr. Beverly Ho, ang direktor ng DOH Health Promotion Bureau, malaking bilang pa rin ng mga nasa A2 priority group ang kailangang mabakunahan sa gitna na rin ng banta ng Delta COVID-19 variant sa Pilipinas.

Kaya panawagan ni Ho sa publiko, lalo na sa bawat pamilyang may miyembro na senior citizen, na kumbinsihin ang mga matatanda na magpaturok na laban sa coronavirus disease upang mabigyan sila ng proteksyon mula sa nakakahawang sakit.

“Mahalaga rin po na alam natin na ngayon lumalabas po sa ating mga datos na ang mga senior citizens nakikinig po talaga sila sa mga taong malapit sa kanila , it could be family, friends na nabanukahan na mga fellow senior citizens at mga physicians o healthcare providers na malapit rin sa kanila,” ang wika ni Ho.

Tiniyak naman ng opisyal na may ginagawa nang paraan ang mga lokal na pamahalaan upang mahikayat ang mas marami pang senior citizen na magpabakuna.

Halimbawa nito ay ang pagsasagawa ng house-to-house na pagbabakuna lalo na sa mga lolo at lola na may mga karamdaman.

Katuwang ng DOH sa pagpapaigting ng vaccination program ang National Commission for Senior Citizens.

Ayon kay Atty. Franklin Quijano, ang pinuno ng komisyon, marami sa kanilang hanay ang gusto nang magpaturok pero ang problema, maraming lugar sa bansa ang limitado ang supply ng bakuna.

“We understand kasi na ang inuuna ngayon Metro Manila at ang mga lugar na may medyo mataas ang rates ng COVID, so in which case maraming nagrereklamo po sa mga areas na medyo hindi pa nabibigyan ng bakuna dahil nga po hindi pa dumarating ang mga bakuna,” ani Quijano.

“We would like to assure you marami po talagang senior citizens ang gustong magpabakuna ang problema nga lang hindi pa dumarating ang suplay dahil meron tayong priority areas,” dagdag pa niya.

Samantala, sang-ayon ang DOH sa pahayag ng World Health Organization (WHO) na bilisan pa ang pagpapabakuna sa mga senior citizen lalo’t mayorya ng mga Pilipinong namamatay sa COVID-19 ay pawang mga may edad na.

“Alam po natin na talaga po all those people more than 60 years old, they actually account for more than 60 percent ng mga namamatay sa COVID-19 dito sa ating bansa,” ang pahayag ni Ho.

“Yung percentage po na namamatay na senior citizens tumataas habang tumaas po yung kanilang edad,” dagdag pa niya.

Una nang inirekomenda ng WHO na gawing prayoridad sa pagbabakuna ang mga senior citizen at may comorbidites upang mapigilan ang pagka-puno ng mga ospital ng mga pasyenteng may malalang kaso ng COVID-19. – RRD (mula sa ulat ni Correspondent Marvin Calas)

PSA opens additional Step 2 registration sites for PhilSys ID in Luzon

Marje Pelayo   •   July 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has made PhilSys ID registration more accessible to the general public in Luzon.

In an advisory on Facebook, the agency posted a number of newly established registration sites in six provinces in Luzon namely Pangasinan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon where online booking of appointment for the National ID’s Step 2 registration can be accommodated.

Residents in the said areas should register online or log in using your personal mobile number or email address at https://register.philsys.gov.ph to book an appointment for the Step 2 registration.

PSA reminds the public that the earlier schedule is on July 8, 2021.

The PSA intends to open more registration sites in other areas in the country to speed up the registration process for the National ID.

For inquiry, the public may send their message to PSA’s official social media accounts m.me/PSAPhilSysOfficial, send an email to info@philsys.gov.ph, or call the PhilSys hotline numbers 1388.

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