MANILA, Philippines – More than 100,000 Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards have already been delivered to successful registrants, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Wednesday.
As of May 15, a total of 103,935 PhilID cards were delivered by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) to Filipinos who have completed the first and second steps in registering for the Philippine Identification System (PhiSys), the PSA said.
“We are looking into ramping-up our card production and delivery services in the coming weeks so that more Filipinos will be able to enjoy the benefits of registering to the PhilSys,” PSA National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Dennis Mapa said in a statement.
“The PSA is working to partner with various agencies and institutions so the public could have easier access to government and private transactions,” he added.
The PSA advised the registrants keep the letter enclosed with the PhilID upon receipt as it contains confidential information.
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 agency called on other government agencies and private establishments to recognize the PhilID as valid proof of identity in various transactions, in accordance with Section 12 of Republic Act 11055 or the PhilSys Act.
The law, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018, aims to provide a formal identification to Filipinos to ease the delivery of services and make public and private transactions seamless, safe, and efficient.
It is also anticipated to ease the public’s access to financial, social protection, health, education, and other government services.