PSA fast tracks implementation of national ID System

Marje Pelayo   •   May 19, 2020   •   1405

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)

PSA to release 200K national IDs; opens add’l 212 PhilSys registration centers

Maris Federez   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has released 200,000 national ID cards to Filipino citizens with another 200,000 cards ready for delivery.

Deputy National Statistician Rosalinda Bautista reported that a total of 35 million Filipinos have completed Step 1 of the registration process either through house-to-house collection or through the PSA’s Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) website.

The PSA also reported that 12 million Filipinos have completed Step 2 or the collection of biometric information.

The physical ID cards with unique PhilSys number will be delivered house to house.

Bautista warned the public against individuals who offer to help in the registration for the national ID for a fee, stressing that the ID is being given to the public for free.

Meanwhile, in an advisory released on Sunday (June 13), the PSA informed the public that PhilSys registration centers in additional 212 cities/municipalities are now open for online appointment booking starting June 12.

From the initial 14 pilot cities/municipalities as of 24 May 2021, there is now a total of 226 cities/municipalities with available online appointment booking for Step 2 Registration, the advisory said.

Registrants in the additional cities and municipalities can now set their appointment schedules for Step 2 online as early as 18 June 2021.

The advisory further said that those who have completed Step 1 Registration through house-to-house demographic data collection need not register online and book the appointment.

The PSA or the respective local government units will provide them with updates for the schedule of their Step 2 Registration.

Latest information on PhilSys is available on its official website www.psa.gov.ph/philsys, Facebook page www.facebook.com/PSAPhilSysOfficial/, or via the PhilSys Registry Office hotline number 1388 and e-mail (info@philsys.gov.ph). —/mbmf

Over 4 million Filipinos jobless in April – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of jobless Filipinos in the country hit 8.7 percent in April, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Tuesday.

This translates to 4.14 million unemployed Filipinos for the month, the PSA said, adding that this is about the same level as the rate reported in the previous quarter or the data from January and February 2021.

Data from the PSA showed that unemployment rate in January was at 8.7 percent and 8.8 percent in February 2021.

It, however, noted that the latest unemployment rate is substantially lower than the record-high 17.6 percent in April last year but higher compared to the 7.1 percent posted in March 2021.

The agency also reported that the labor force participation rate (LFPR) in April 2021 was placed at 63.2 percent, translating to 47.41 million who are either employed or unemployed.

“This is higher than the LFPR in the same quarter last year at 55.7 percent but lower than the LFPR a month ago at 65.0 percent,” the PSA said in a statement.

“In terms of magnitude, there was a year-on-year increment of 6.35 million persons in the labor force from the 41.06 million in April 2020,” it added.

Underemployment rate, on the other hand, was recorded at 17.2 percent in April 2021, higher than the January 2021 estimate of 16.0 percent, the PSA said.

This translates to about 7.45 million underemployed persons in April 2021, up from 6.59 million in January 2021, it added.

The PSA said the imposition of lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic contributed to the unemployment rate in the Philippines.

PSA records 12.1-M registrants for step 2 of national ID system

Aileen Cerrudo   •   June 4, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has recorded that the number of individuals registered for Step 2 of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or National ID already reached 12.1 million.

PSA chief and National Statistician Claire Dennis Mapa, during a virtual press conference, said under Step 2, enrolled registrants will have their documents verified. It also includes biometrics capturing in registration centers.

Mapa also assured that more registration centers will be opened to increase their operation by the end of June.

The PSA chief said that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) has printed 500,000 National ID cards, while around 75,000 cards have been delivered to registrants in various areas in the country through Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost). -AAC (with reports from Harlene Delgado)

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