NEDA invites youth to participate in national ID program

Maris Federez   •   July 12, 2021   •   413

MANILA, Philippines — Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua has invited the youth sector to actively participate and register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

In a statement, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief said this will give way for the young people “to contribute solutions to accelerate the growth of the digital economy in the country.”

“Ang ating karanasan sa gitna ng pandemya ay nagbigay-diin sa kahalagahan ng ligtas, mabisa, at inklusibong banking at social services, lalo na para sa mga mahihirap,” Chua said during the 2021 BSP Youth Summit organized by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas with the theme “Ibangon natin ang ekonomiya, i-digital mo na!” on July 9, 2021.

“Bago matapos ang taong 2021, target natin na mai-rehistro ang 50 to 70 million Filipinos sa PhilSys. Ito ay magbibigay-daan para sa malawakang paggamit ng electronic payments na magpapalago sa ating digital economy,” he added.

Chua also emphasized that PhilSys has the potential to be one of the most game-changing reforms of the country, adding that the system “can drastically improve the delivery of government services and make systems more resilient against future crises.”

“Lubos akong naniniwala sa potensyal ng PhilSys na maging isa sa mga pinaka-makabuluhang reporma sa ating bansa. Pangmatagalan at malawakan ang benepisyo nito dahil kaya nitong paghusayin ang serbisyong-publiko at pagtibayin ang ating sistema laban sa mga darating na krisis na maaari pa nating harapin,” Chua said.

Chua also invited the young registrants to assist their family and friends, especially their elders, in registering for the national ID online.

The NEDA chief also encouraged the young minds to consider joining the government to implement their ideas on financial inclusion and digital transformation.

In its report as of July 2, the Philippine Statistics Authority said that around 37.2 million individuals have been registered for step 1 or the demographic data collection, while around 16.2 million individuals have completed their step 2 registration or biometrics capture.

Meanwhile, 343,742 registrants have already received their PhilID cards, the report added.

The latest information on PhilSys online registration is available on its official website or Facebook page. The PhilSys Registry Office may be reached via its hotline number 1388 or e-mail at info@philsys.gov.ph.

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

NEDA prepares for post-COVID pandemic planning

Robie de Guzman   •   November 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) on Tuesday said it is now gearing up for post-pandemic initiatives as it works on the country’s economic recovery program.

“We are working on two things: the current problem, and the future. For the remainder of my term, I have instructed the agency to focus on four key areas to provide also the next administration with much better foundations to achieve our Ambisyon Natin 2040, where no one is living in extreme poverty,” Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said in a statement,.

NEDA said these four key areas are smart infrastructure, innovation, regional equity, and climate change.

Chua said that smart infrastructure would integrate the existing road infrastructure into the concept of smart cities, where principles of urban mobility and development are at the heart of infrastructure.

This also covers all forms of transportation, digital communication, planning, land use, and the environment, he added.

The NEDA chief said that innovation will lead to the generation of new ideas within various industries to help the country compete globally.

Aside from technological advancements, innovation also includes systems and process improvements, especially in basic sectors like agriculture.

On regional equity, Chua believes that the government has to pay attention to the proper allocation of resources to make the poorest areas, with the biggest gaps in social services, receive just financing.

The fourth key area he mentioned is climate change, emphasizing that this sets the backdrop for all present and future development challenges.

“Going forward, I would like [climate change] to be at the center or heart of our socioeconomic planning. And I have actually directed NEDA to craft next Philippine Development Plan as revolving around climate change. Everything we do in infrastructure, agriculture, innovation, governance should revolve around protecting the country [from the threats of climate change],” Chua said.

Chua also reiterated the significance of the Philippine Identification System, which aims to give every Filipino a valid proof of identity, as this will allow the government to roll out its social protection programs efficiently.

He added that NEDA is pushing for economic liberalization bills that include amendments to the Public Service Act, Retail Trade Liberalization, and the Foreign Investment Act.

“These bills will relax restrictions to attract all the necessary innovation, investment technology management, and technical know-how to give our people better products and services at lower prices,” he said.

All of these, according to Chua, will help the country recover and achieve AmBisyon Natin 2040.

“We have the economic foundations in place to recover strongly, and we will continue to pursue these structural reforms to help us be prepared for the future and achieve our long-term vision,” he said.

Nat’l ID sufficient proof of identity in opening bank accounts – BSP

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday reminded financial institutions that the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or national ID is considered sufficient proof of identity to open a bank account.

In a statement, the BSP said the BSP-Supervised Financial Institutions (BSFI) should accept the national ID card, in both physical and mobile formats, as sufficient proof of identity without the need for another ID.

The central bank’s call is in support of the Memorandum No. M-2021-057 issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), which reminds all government and private entities to accept the PhilID card as sufficient proof of identity, subject to proper authentication. This is in line with Republic Act No. 11055 or the PhilSys Act.

“PhilSys will help more Filipinos, especially the marginalized and low-income, to begin saving money in banks and other BSFIs,” said BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno.

Diokno added that the national ID system will support the wide scale opening of transaction accounts, particularly the Basic Deposit Account, which is designed to meet the needs of the unbanked.

The PhilSys will offer online and offline methods for identity authentication through the PhilID physical security features, QR code digital verification, biometric verification, and SMS one-time password (OTP).

These features will facilitate stronger and more secure methods of identity verification than traditional methods such as manual matching of handwritten signature against specimen.

The BSP likewise directed BSFIs to include the PhilID in their list of valid IDs.

“As a foundational digital ID system, the BSP considers the PhilSys as a gamechanger for financial inclusion, a state wherein there is effective access to a wide range of financial services for all,” it said.

“Aside from contributing to the massive opening of transaction accounts, PhilSys is expected to transform how services are delivered and accessed in the Philippines, accelerating the country’s transition to a digital economy,” it added.

As of October 21, 2021, the number of transaction accounts opened due to the co-location of PSA registration sites and Land Bank account opening facilities totaled 5,922,304 accounts, the BSP said.

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