MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has allowed minors aged 15 to 17 and persons above 65 years old to go out of their residence to register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), Malacañang said Friday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement over state-run PTV.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is currently conducting the registration for the national identification system.
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 PSA earlier reported that the delivery of the first batch of national identification cards of those who successfully registered in the system is underway.
As of April 30, 2021, the agency said that a total of 6,378,695 registrants have completed the Step 2 Registration. These individuals underwent the assisted Step 1 Registration or the house-to-house collection of demographic data, and setting of appointment for Step 2.
The national ID system is being implemented pursuant to the Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.
The measure seeks to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens of the country, as well as promote seamless delivery of service, ease of doing business, and enhances administrative governance.
The PSA earlier said it targets to register 70 million Filipinos by the end of the year, and nearly the entire population by 2022.