PSA warns of imprisonment, P3-M fine vs producers of fake PhilSys ID

Marje Pelayo   •   September 15, 2021   •   47

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) advised the public to register for Philippine Identification (PhilID) card at PhilSys’ official website to make sure of getting a genuine National ID.

This, after the PSA received information on the proliferation of social media accounts and websites claiming they are legitimate online accounts of PSA and PhilSys.

In an interview on Wednesday (September 15), PSA Assistant Secretary Rose Bautista said they are determined to file appropriate cases against producers of fake PhilID.

“Para sa mga maga-attempt na mag peke ng kanilang ID o mag-produce ng kanilang ID, mayroon po tayong karapatan [mag-enforce] ng penalties at charges,” she said.

“Mayroon po kaming division dito sa PhilSys registry office na who will look into at mag-file ng kaso para doon sa mga madi-discover namin ito ang mga pekeng ID na prinesent nila,” she added.

Thus, the official asked the public not to post their National ID on social media as they are exposing their identity.

“Ang iba masyadong excited kapag nakuha na nila ang kanilang PhilID. Pini-picture nila. Please lang po huwag ninyong gawin iyan. Iyan po ay something na dapat ay itinatago at hindi ineexpose sa fraud,” Bautista stressed.

Production and presentation of fake PhilID face a penalty of P1-M to P3-M and imprisonment from three to six years under the Implementing Rules and Regulations of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act.

The PSA is encouraging all Filipinos to register for the National ID given that the online registration remains open even amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Civil registration service outlets in Metro Manila to reopen on Sept. 16 — PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   September 15, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA) on Wednesday announced that all its Civil Registration Service Outlets in Metro Manila will reopen on Sept. 16, Thursday.

The PSA, however, said its service outlets will operate at a reduced capacity.

“Only clients with prior appointments issued through the Civil Registration Service Query Verification Unit email address will be served,” the agency said in its website.

The PSA also said that customers at the service outlet in East Avenue, Quezon City who were issued with a queue ticket number prior to the declaration of enhanced community quarantine and modified enhanced community quarantine will be served according to schedule and color code. The complete schedule can be viewed here.

Those with urgent matters or emergency cases identified by the PSA may be given priority appointments provided valid proof of the emergency is submitted through the agency’s channels.

“Customers will receive a confirmation email and the details of the scheduled appointment,” the PSA said.

“Strictly no walk-in customers are allowed. Your health and wellness is our primary concern,” it added.

Customers must use StaySafe.ph App to enter the PSA premises.

For more information about the PSA Appointment System, clients may contact the following telephone numbers: (02) 8461-0500 loc.702 and 703.

The government earlier announced it will be piloting the quarantine alert levels system in Metro Manila on Sept. 16.

The region will be placed under alert level 4, which prohibits the following from going outside their residence:

  • Persons below 18 years old
  • Persons over 65 years old
  • Those with immunodeficiencies, co-morbidities, or other health risks
  • Pregnant women

Residents will only be allowed to leave their homes when accessing essential goods and services or going to work in permitted industries and offices.

PH’s unemployment rate dropped to 6.9% in July — PSA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Tuesday (September 7) that the country’s unemployment rate was reduced to 6.9% in July 2021.

This means over 1.07 million individuals were hired during the said period based on PSA’s latest Labor Force Survey.

The report showed that the number of unemployed Filipinos reduced from 4.14 million in April 2021 to only 3.07 million in July.

Among the sectors that marked additional employment include administrative and support services, construction, education, arts, entertainment, and recreation as well as professional, scientific, and technical sectors.

“Talagang nakita lang na maraming nagkaroon ng trabaho kaya’t bumaba ang ating unemployment rate sa 6.9% nitong July. Compared sa 8.7% noong April and the past months, nasa 7.7% tayo so talagang marami naman ang nakahanap ng trabaho,” said PSA’s National Statistician and Civil Registrar General Undersecretary Dennis Mapa.

The PSA, meanwhile, reported that though the country’s employment rate increased to 93.1% from April to July this year, around 1.6 million Filipinos lost their jobs during the same period.

Among the sectors that cut jobs include the agriculture and forestry sectors, wholesale and retail trade as well as mining.

The PSA also said that around two million individuals opted not to join the current labor force, citing the pandemic and the difficulty in landing a job as reasons.

“Nakita namin na ang rason nila ay dahil sa COVID-19 pandemic. That is 5.9 percentage points at mayroong 1.1% na nagsabing mahirap makahanap ng trabaho kaya hindi na sila nag-participate,” Mapa said. MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo)

Increase in prices of basic goods, unstable supply accelerates inflation — PSA

Marje Pelayo   •   September 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The country’s inflation jumped in August, according to the latest report from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Tuesday (September 7).

The agency said the August inflation of 4.9% was higher than what was recorded in July which was at 4.0%, and almost doubled in the same month in 2020 which was at 2.4%.

According to PSA, the recent inflation was due to certain factors that affect the supply of goods in the country.

“May mga areas na naapektuhan dahil sa mga pag-ulan. Pangalawa ang ating issue sa transportation cost higher charges sa delivery,” explained PSA Undersecretary Dennis Mapa who also acts as the agency’s National Statistician and Civil Registrar General.

In terms of agriculture, the price of pork was high due to the impact of African Swine Fever (ASF) on the country’s local hog industry.

The adjustments in the price of fish and vegetables also contributed to the increase in the inflation rate.

Also, utility rates such as electricity and water spiked in the previous months as well as the cost of services.

But according to Mapa, one major factor that caused a spike in inflation was transportation costs especially during the enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) accompanied by a series of oil price hikes.

“Itong ECQ sa transport, nakikita na natin tumataas talaga ang fare rate ng tricycle. In the past months ito talaga ang nag contribute sa mataas na inflation sa transport index natin,” Mapa said.

At present, Agriculture Undersecretary Kristine Evangelista said the price of pork in local markets has already dropped since the supply is gradually improving.

“Maganda po ang supply situation ng ating pork industry ngayon compared to dati. Meron narin po kasing mga naka recover na mga red zones ngayon po ay green zones at derederetso rin po yung repopulation,” she said.

She stressed, however, that prices of basic agricultural products like pork and vegetables are normally high at this time of the year.

Evangelista said the Agriculture department is eyeing an additional importation of round scad or galunggong which is known as the ‘poor man’s fish’ to hopefully stabilize its price. -MNP (with reports from Rey Pelayo

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