PSA fast tracks implementation of national ID System

Marje Pelayo   •   May 19, 2020   •   826

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)

BSP’s Diokno shows sample of National ID card

Robie de Guzman   •   November 6, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Friday said its ready to produce the cards for the national identification system.

BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno issued the statement as the central bank printed samples of the ID card and showed a glimpse of it in an image he posted on his Twitter account.

“Finally, the BSP is ready to print the #NationalID. We inspected the machines that will print the IDs this morning. The machines have the capacity to print 154,000 cards per day,” Diokno said in his tweet.

The central bank has been tasked to print the ID cards. It signed a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Statistics Authority to produce blank cards for IDs under the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

Under the agreement, the BSP shall produce 116 million cards over a period of three years. The cards, which are non-transferable, will be issued to all Philippine citizens and for resident aliens registered under the PhilSys.

The printing of the ID cards will cost a total of P3.4 billion out of the total cost of P30 billion of the PhilSys project.

The card will become the official proof of identity for each Filipino and is seen to eliminate the need for providing two government IDs when transacting with companies or financial institutions.

It 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 national ID system has been decades in the making. We look forward to bringing it to the Filipino people to promote financial inclusion and digitalization,” Diokno said.

The PSA has already started 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 will start next year.

The PSA earlier said the registration is voluntary but they would recommend for Filipinos to go through the process as the national ID can help expedite the delivery of government services and assistance to poor families.

The PSA is looking to complete the registration and issue the national ID before the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term in 2022.

PH inflation rate accelerates to 2.5% in October – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   November 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The country’s inflation sped up to 2.5% in October, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Thursday.

Data released by the PSA showed an uptick in the rate of the price increases in the country driven by higher food and non-alcoholic beverage prices.

The PSA attributed the increase to higher inflation for meat and fish, with meat at 4.7 percent and fish at 3.7 percent.

“Ang source talaga ng presyo ng pagtaas ay basically Luzon, in particular yung mga provinces that are near the National Capital Region,”  National Statistician Undersecretary Dennis Mapa said.

The consumer price index in October rose faster than the 2.3 percent rise in September, the PSA said, but it is within the 1.9 to 2.7 percent forecast of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the month.

Core inflation, which excludes volatile food and fuel items, slowed to 3 percent from 3.2 percent.

Miscellaneous services such as barbershops, and education also contributed to the acceleration of inflation for the month.

The BSP said the October inflation remained consistent with its assessment of favorable inflation dynamics.

“The balance of risks continues to be on the downside due largely to the impact of domestic and global economic activity of possible deeper economic disruptions caused by the coronavirus pandemic,” the central bank said in a statement. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Vincent Arboleda)

PSA extends deadline for job applications to Nov. 7

Marje Pelayo   •   November 5, 2020

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has extended the deadline for submission of application to various positions within the agency to November 7.

The decision is in line with the recent network issues encountered by the notice: Call for Applicants for Vacant Positions in Central and Field Offices posted on the PSA website last September 28, according to Undersecretary Dennis Mapa, the PSA’s national statistician and civil registrar general.

To access the online application and requirements, interested individuals may visit the PSA’s career portal here.

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