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

Maris Federez   •   June 14, 2021   •   240

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

NEDA invites youth to participate in national ID program

Maris Federez   •   July 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua has invited the youth sector to actively participate and register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

In a statement, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief said this will give way for the young people “to contribute solutions to accelerate the growth of the digital economy in the country.”

“Ang ating karanasan sa gitna ng pandemya ay nagbigay-diin sa kahalagahan ng ligtas, mabisa, at inklusibong banking at social services, lalo na para sa mga mahihirap,” Chua said during the 2021 BSP Youth Summit organized by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas with the theme “Ibangon natin ang ekonomiya, i-digital mo na!” on July 9, 2021.

“Bago matapos ang taong 2021, target natin na mai-rehistro ang 50 to 70 million Filipinos sa PhilSys. Ito ay magbibigay-daan para sa malawakang paggamit ng electronic payments na magpapalago sa ating digital economy,” he added.

Chua also emphasized that PhilSys has the potential to be one of the most game-changing reforms of the country, adding that the system “can drastically improve the delivery of government services and make systems more resilient against future crises.”

“Lubos akong naniniwala sa potensyal ng PhilSys na maging isa sa mga pinaka-makabuluhang reporma sa ating bansa. Pangmatagalan at malawakan ang benepisyo nito dahil kaya nitong paghusayin ang serbisyong-publiko at pagtibayin ang ating sistema laban sa mga darating na krisis na maaari pa nating harapin,” Chua said.

Chua also invited the young registrants to assist their family and friends, especially their elders, in registering for the national ID online.

The NEDA chief also encouraged the young minds to consider joining the government to implement their ideas on financial inclusion and digital transformation.

In its report as of July 2, the Philippine Statistics Authority said that around 37.2 million individuals have been registered for step 1 or the demographic data collection, while around 16.2 million individuals have completed their step 2 registration or biometrics capture.

Meanwhile, 343,742 registrants have already received their PhilID cards, the report added.

The latest information on PhilSys online registration is available on its official website or Facebook page. The PhilSys Registry Office may be reached via its hotline number 1388 or e-mail at info@philsys.gov.ph.

PH inflation rate slows down to 4.1% in June — PSA

Aileen Cerrudo   •   July 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The inflation rate in the Philippines has slowed down to 4.1% in June 2021, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

From a 4.5% inflation rate in May, the June rate of 4.1% is within the forecast of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) between 3.9% and 4.7% for the month.

According to BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno, a major contributor to the slower pace in inflation was the lower annual rate of increase in the transport index at 9.6%, down from 16.5% in May 2021. This is due to the decrease in transportation fares.

Aside from the low transport index, the slow inflation rate is also due to the low indices in health with 2.9%, communication at 0.2%, clothing and footwear at 1.6%, and alcoholic beverages and tobacco at 11.2%. However, inflation rates were higher in the indices of food and non-alcoholic beverages at 4.7%; housing, water, electricity, gas, and other fuels, 2.4%; and restaurant and miscellaneous goods and services, 3.9 %.

Meanwhile, Diokno said that the average inflation is projected to settle at the high end of the target range of 2-4% in 2021. AAC

PSA opens additional Step 2 registration sites for PhilSys ID in Luzon

Marje Pelayo   •   July 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has made PhilSys ID registration more accessible to the general public in Luzon.

In an advisory on Facebook, the agency posted a number of newly established registration sites in six provinces in Luzon namely Pangasinan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon where online booking of appointment for the National ID’s Step 2 registration can be accommodated.

Residents in the said areas should register online or log in using your personal mobile number or email address at https://register.philsys.gov.ph to book an appointment for the Step 2 registration.

PSA reminds the public that the earlier schedule is on July 8, 2021.

The PSA intends to open more registration sites in other areas in the country to speed up the registration process for the National ID.

For inquiry, the public may send their message to PSA’s official social media accounts m.me/PSAPhilSysOfficial, send an email to info@philsys.gov.ph, or call the PhilSys hotline numbers 1388.

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