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 email@example.com. –/mbmf