PSA warns against fake National ID processing services online

Marje Pelayo   •   December 29, 2020   •   2391

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.

PhilSys registers 50 million Filipinos; hits target for 2021

Maris Federez   •   December 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — More than 50 million Filipinos have successfully registered in the second step of the national identification system.

In a statement released Tuesday (December 14), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that it has successfully achieved its registration target this year as 50,014,382 Filipinos completed their Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Step 2 Registration as of 11 December 2021.

The PSA said the Step 2 Registration, which involves validating supporting documents and collecting biometric information, began in January 2021 in 32 priority provinces that were considered low-risk areas for Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).

Despite the pandemic, the PSA said that it was able to expand operations to more cities and municipalities nationwide.

“The PSA salutes all those who contributed to this milestone for the PhilSys Step 2 Registration,” said National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Usec. Dennis S. Mapa.

“Notwithstanding the pandemic and the restrictions that came with it, the PSA—together with its field offices, partner agencies, and key stakeholders—worked relentlessly to ensure that more Filipinos can begin registering for their PhilIDs,” he added.

Meanwhile, for Step 3 Registration, the PSA is continuously working to speed up the issuance of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and the delivery of Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards to registrants.

The printing and issuance of the ID card are in partnership with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for the card production, and the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) for door-to-door delivery.

The PSA said that based on the December 10 record, 4,414,393 Filipinos have already received their PhilID cards.

These cards will soon have a digital version through the soon-to-be-launched PhilSys mobile app. Registrants can already use this alternative while waiting for their actual PhilIDs, the national statistics office said.

“We remain steadfast in our efforts to continue registering the general population. This coming 2022, the PSA hopes to establish partnerships with more government agencies and private groups to provide Filipinos, resident aliens, and even Overseas Filipinos the convenience of PhilSys registration,” said Assistant Secretary Bautista, Deputy National Statistician of the PhilSys Registry Office (PRO).

For the latest on PhilSys, the public may be reached through the official PhilSys website (https://philsys.gov.ph) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PSAPhilSysOfficial/), the PhilSys Registry Office via hotline number 1388 or e-mail at info@philsys.gov.ph. –/mbmf

Phl unemployment rate declines at start of 4Q

Maris Federez   •   December 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The number of unemployed Filipinos hit 3.5 million in October, lower than the recorded 3.81 million in the same month last year, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported Tuesday (December 7).

The PSA report said that based on the October 2021 Labor Force Survey, the country’s unemployment rate in October this year was the third-lowest reported in 2021 at 7.4 percent.

The lowest reported was in July 2021 estimated at 6.9 percent, followed by 7.1 percent in March 2021.

The country’s unemployment rate was highest this year in September at 8.9 percent, the PSA report added.

Meanwhile, the study also showed that the country’s employment rate has “improved with a reported 43.83 million employed persons in October 2021 from 39.84 million employed persons in the same period last year.”

In July 2021, the number of employed persons was registered at 41.67 million, the study added.

The underemployment rate, on the other hand, was registered at 16.1 percent in October 2021.

The PSA said this was lower than the 20.9 percent reported in July 2021 but higher than the October 2020 estimate of 14.4 percent.

Underemployed are those “employed persons who expressed desire to have additional hours of work in their present job or to have an additional job, or to have a new job with longer hours of work”. —/mbmf

Nat’l ID sufficient proof of identity in opening bank accounts – BSP

Robie de Guzman   •   November 9, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) on Tuesday reminded financial institutions that the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or national ID is considered sufficient proof of identity to open a bank account.

In a statement, the BSP said the BSP-Supervised Financial Institutions (BSFI) should accept the national ID card, in both physical and mobile formats, as sufficient proof of identity without the need for another ID.

The central bank’s call is in support of the Memorandum No. M-2021-057 issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), which reminds all government and private entities to accept the PhilID card as sufficient proof of identity, subject to proper authentication. This is in line with Republic Act No. 11055 or the PhilSys Act.

“PhilSys will help more Filipinos, especially the marginalized and low-income, to begin saving money in banks and other BSFIs,” said BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno.

Diokno added that the national ID system will support the wide scale opening of transaction accounts, particularly the Basic Deposit Account, which is designed to meet the needs of the unbanked.

The PhilSys will offer online and offline methods for identity authentication through the PhilID physical security features, QR code digital verification, biometric verification, and SMS one-time password (OTP).

These features will facilitate stronger and more secure methods of identity verification than traditional methods such as manual matching of handwritten signature against specimen.

The BSP likewise directed BSFIs to include the PhilID in their list of valid IDs.

“As a foundational digital ID system, the BSP considers the PhilSys as a gamechanger for financial inclusion, a state wherein there is effective access to a wide range of financial services for all,” it said.

“Aside from contributing to the massive opening of transaction accounts, PhilSys is expected to transform how services are delivered and accessed in the Philippines, accelerating the country’s transition to a digital economy,” it added.

As of October 21, 2021, the number of transaction accounts opened due to the co-location of PSA registration sites and Land Bank account opening facilities totaled 5,922,304 accounts, the BSP said.

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