PSA assures national ID for 6M Filipinos

Aileen Cerrudo   •   March 13, 2019   •   2455

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

Inflation downtrend continues at 1.7% in August 2019

Aileen Cerrudo   •   September 5, 2019

The inflation rate in the Philippines continued to decline at 1.7% in August 2019, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

The August 2019 rate is lower compared with the 2.4% inflation rate in June. This is also the lowest rate since October 2016 (1.8%).

According to National Statistician Dennis Mapa, the inflation downtrend is due to the slow increase of food prices, including non-alcoholic beverages.

He also said that the low fuel and rice prices also decreased since the implementation of the rice tariffication law.

Meanwhile, the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) estimates that the inflation rate will continue to go lower this September.

“The latest inflation outturn is consistent with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ prevailing assessment that it will continue to decelerate in the third quarter of 2019 and picky up slightly in the fourth quarter,” according to BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno in a statement.—AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

PH employment rate improves, underemployment falls in July – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 5, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines’ employment numbers have improved while the underemployment rate declined in July, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Thursday.

The PSA said the number of employed persons increased by 5.7 percent in July, which translates to an additional 2.3 million workers. This is higher than the 1.2 percent recorded in the same month in 2018 based on the July round of the Labor Force Survey (LFS).

The total number of employed Filipinos reached nearly 43 million in July 2019 on account of stronger employment in the services (6.1% from 4.7% in 2018) and agriculture sectors (7.6% from -7.4% in 2018), the PSA reported.

Underemployment, the proportion of those already employed but still seeking additional work, fell to its lowest rate in all July rounds of the survey at 13.9 percent from last year’s 17.2 percent. This means a reduction of over a million underemployed workers in July 2019.

On the other hand, the unemployment rate was steady at 5.4 percent, the same as the corresponding month in 2018, the PSA said.

The year-to-date unemployment rate is estimated at 5.2 percent, near the upper end of the 4.3 to 5.3 percent target in the Philippine Development Plan 2017-2022.

The labor force participation rate (LFPR) in July expanded further to 62.1 percent from 60.1 percent in the same period in 2018.

In particular, the labor force participation of the young (15 to 24 years old) went up to 38.3 percent, which is 1.5 percentage points higher than the previous survey period.

“While the Philippine economy has shown remarkable improvements in the labor market, the government should continually improve its efforts towards generating more productive and higher quality employment that provides adequate income for Filipino workers and their families,” National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary for Policy and Planning and current Officer-in-Charge (OIC) Rosemarie Edillon said.

She added that the full implementation of the Ease of Doing Business and Efficient Government Service Delivery Act, and easing of foreign investment restrictions in public utilities, retail trade, and domestic-market oriented firms, are seen to create more jobs for Filipinos.

“The government must continue encouraging the private sector to increase employment opportunities for young people, supporting technical vocational training, promoting apprenticeship and on-the-job training programs among the youth,” Edillon said.

PSA says national ID system operation in full swing by mid-2020

Robie de Guzman   •   September 2, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is expecting the national identification system operation to be in full swing by the middle of 2020 following the start of its pilot test on Monday (Sept. 2).

The PSA said the government is on track for the conduct of mass enrollment next year and complete the enrollment of the population by 2022.

Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys Act), signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in August last year, seeks to interconnect all government IDs in a single national identification system.

Known as the Phil-ID, it will contain the card holder’s unique PhilSys number, full name as well as facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address. It will also contain the cardholder’s biometric information and iris scan for added security.

The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) earlier said they are expecting to register some 10,000 individuals for the pilot run which will last until December this year.

NEDA Secretary Ernesto Pernia said that once the registration of the national ID system is perfected, they will then increase the number of registrants.

Pernia said they plan to ramp up registration to 50 million people each year starting from 2020 until all Filipinos, including those working overseas, are registered before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term.

The PSA 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.

Filipinos may register for the Phil-ID in the designated registration centers, which include the PSA national and provincial offices, Local Civil Registry Offices, Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (Philhealth), PAGIBIG, Commission on Elections (Comelec), the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhlPost), the Social Security System (SSS) and other government agencies as may be assigned by the PSA.

The pilot registration test involves biometric and demographic capturing process.

Registrants will be asked to fill out an application form from the PSA and present an original copy of any primary document which shows their full name, photo and signature or thumb mark, including their PSA-issued birth certificate, passport or the unified multi-purpose ID (UMID) card issued by the GSIS or the Social Security System (SSS). RRD (with details from Correspondent April Cenedoza)


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