PSA fast tracks implementation of national ID System

Marje Pelayo   •   May 19, 2020   •   1054

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippines Statistics Authority (PSA) is fast-tracking the full implementation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or the national ID under Republic Act No. 11055.

This is to improve future targeting and distribution of financial assistance to poor and low-income households, the agency said. 

Part of President Rodrigo Duterte’s marching orders to PSA is the immediate activation the national ID system. 

It is also part of the President’s latest report to the Joint Congressional Oversight Committee. 

The PSA targets to register around 5 million low-income households by December 2020. 

Meanwhile, the agency plans to kick-start the registration process by October 2020 in all 46 registration centers and 1,170 mobile registration centers nationwide.

It is also coordinating with the Landbank of the Philippines to be able to utilize its 126 branches as additional registration centers for PhilSys.

The President signed the PhilSys Act in August 2018. MNP (with information from Rosalie Coz)

Duterte registers for PH identification system

Robie de Guzman   •   January 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte has personally registered with the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), photos from Malacañang showed.

In photos shared to reporters late Thursday, Duterte can be seen having his biometric information taken by a personnel from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

Duterte’s former aide, Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go and Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea were also photographed having themselves registered into the national ID system.

The PhilSys Act, which Duterte signed into law in August 2018, seeks to harmonize and integrate several government IDs by establishing a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens through the collection of basic personal information and biometric data.

The ID will contain the PhilSys number of each person, his or her name, facial image, sex, address, date of birth, and blood type. It will also contain information such as fingerprints.

The PSA has already started last year the process of registration for the first 9 million low-income households in 32 provinces.

The registration for residents in Metro Manila and other areas is expected to begin this year.

Duterte and his Cabinet earlier approved a P3.53 billion additional budget for 2021 to register 20 million more individuals, on top of the 50 million target, into the national ID system.

The PSA is looking to complete the registration and issue the national ID before the end of Duterte’s term in 2022. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

PSA warns against fake National ID processing services online

Marje Pelayo   •   December 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) warns the public against groups or individuals offering to assist in the processing of PhilSys ID or the national ID with corresponding fees.

The PSA has received reports that a certain Facebook  group named ‘Philippine National ID (News & Information),’ and an individual using the name ‘Calvin Processings’ are offering such services online.

According to PSA, the PhilSys registration for the national ID is free and any posts or offers that are asking for payments for processing are fake.

The agency reminds that PhilSys registration has three steps set by the government:

Step 1 – Registration, or the collection of demographic data and setting the appointment

Step 2 – Capturing the fingerprints and iris scans of the registrants

Step 3 – Issuance of PhilSys Numbers (PSNs) and physical IDs

The agency noted that Step 1 has already commenced and PSA registration officers are going house-to-house to collect demographic information of a select sample of low-income household heads from 32 priority provinces.

Registration for PhilSys will be officially open to the public in 2021.

The Agency also warned the public that the unauthorized issuance and use of the PhilSys ID is punishable by law, with 6 years imprisonment and a fine of P1-3 million according to the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of  R.A. No. 11055 or Philippine Identification System Act.

Any illegal activities concerning the PhilSys ID system can be reported through the PhilSys Facebook page or through hotline numbers 1388.

Duterte approves P3.52-B additional funds for national ID system

Aileen Cerrudo   •   December 16, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — President Rodrigo Duterte has approved the additional P3.52 billion budget for the Philippine Identification System.

In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque Jr. said the government aims to register 20 million more Filipinos on top of the initial target of 50 million.

“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with the members of his Cabinet, approved the P3.52-B additional budget for 2021 to register 20 million more individuals (on top of the 50 million target) to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) by the end of 2021,” Roque said.

According to Socioeconomic Planning Acting Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua, 8.7 million already completed Step 1 of the National ID registration. He said 10 million will be able to complete the first step by the end of the year.

“The first benefit of the national ID is you will have an ID to open a bank account to be financially included. And we are hoping by next year, all 20 million low-income families will have a bank account. That will be a major accomplishment,” he said.

Meanwhile, PhilSys will begin Step 2 of the registration in 2021 where validation of supporting documents and biometric information process will begin at the registration center. — AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)

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