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PSA assures national ID for 6M Filipinos

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, March 13th, 2019

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is all set to implement the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) by September.

During a hearing on Tuesday conducted by the House Oversight Committee on Population and Family Relations in Dumaguete City, Negros Occidental, the PSA announced that registration will be open to Filipinos and resident aliens aged five and above.

“I am happy that it’s all systems go for the National ID system based on the timeline they have presented to us this morning,” Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said on Tuesday.

Deputy National Statistician of the PSA lawyer Lourdines dela Cruz said the registration will be free of charge.

Indigents, persons with disabilities (PWDs) and government workers will be the first to be registered.

For the PhilSys, applicants would need to state if they are a Filipino citizen or a resident alien.

Other information includes biometrics (thumbprint, iris and face scanning), full name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, and address; while marital status, mobile number, and email address will be optional.

Dela Cruz added that by 2022, around 100 million cards will be issued to Filipinos and resident aliens.—Aileen Cerrudo

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Palace: Pilot testing of PH ID system to start in September

by Robie de Guzman   |   Posted on Tuesday, June 11th, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The pilot testing of the national identification system will begin on September, Malacañang said on Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that during the Cabinet meeting on Monday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia and National Statistician Dennis Mapa reported about the implementation of the Philippine ID system (PhilSys).

“There will be a pilot testing which will run from September to December 2019 to register a substantial number of Filipinos nationwide,” Panelo said in a statement.

“By the end of the President’s term in 2022, one hundred seven million Filipinos are targeted to be registered,” he added.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) earlier said the registration for the national ID system will be open to Filipinos and resident aliens aged five and above. Indigents, persons with disabilities and government workers will be the first to be registered.

READ: PSA assures national ID for 6M Filipinos

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act 11055 or the PhilSys Act in August last year. The law, which covers Filipino citizens and foreign residents, seeks to harmonize, integrate and interconnect the redundant government-issued IDs by establishing a unified ID system.

The national ID will contain the cardholder’s PhilSys number and full name as well as facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address; biometric information, including fingerprints, iris scan, will also be in the card.

Information on marital status, mobile number and email address will be optional.

The PSA said that by 2022, around 100 million cards will be issued to Filipinos and resident aliens.

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Inflation rate rises to 3.2% in May 2019

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2019

The inflation rate for May 2019 has climbed to 3.2% according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Based on the latest report of the PSA the six-month trend slowdown has been broken after inflation rate increased by 0.2% from the 3% inflation rate in April.

However, the PSA adds this is still within the government target of 2% to 4% for the 4th consecutive month.

The PSA also said that one of the main factors contributing to the inflation rate increase is due to the high annual rates of food, housing, and utilities.(with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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PH poverty incidence drops in the 1st quarter of 2018—PSA

by Aileen Cerrudo   |   Posted on Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Poverty incidence in the Philippines dropped in the first quarter of 2018 according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The number of poor families in the country declined from 22.2% in 2015 to 16.1% in 2018 during the same period.

For Filipino individuals, the poverty incidence is also down by 21% in the first half of 2018 compared with the 27.6% recorded in the same period of 2015.

According to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) the decline is due to sustained economic growth.

NEDA Officer-in-Charge Adoracion Navarro said in a statement said that the “critical and broad-based reforms and investments have translated to employment generation and social protection.”

“We like to highlight the increase in income of Filipino households as well as employment shifts to the industry and service sectors from agriculture,” Navarro added.

The Duterte administration, meanwhile, welcomed the said report. According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the decline in the poverty incidence is the fruit of the government’s campaign against poverty.

The government will also continue its campaign until it reaches its target of 14% poverty incidence or lower by the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.

“As we commend the responsible departments and agencies for doing their respective jobs with commitment and fervor, we will not rest but rather continue to work hard to achieve our target of decreasing poverty incidence to 14%, or even better, by the end of PRRD’s term in 2022 and fulfill the President’s vision of providing a comfortable life for each and every Filipino,” he said.—Aileen Cerrudo (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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