PSA website faces tech issues on 1st day of nat’l ID registration

Robie de Guzman   •   April 30, 2021   •   308

MANILA, Philippines – The first day of the online registration for the country’s identification system on Friday was marred with technical issues, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

In an advisory, the PSA assured that its technical team is addressing the issue on its website.

“We are currently experiencing technical difficulties. Our technical team is currently figuring out the source of the problem,” the PSA said. “We will provide updates as soon as the website is up and running. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

ADVISORY We are currently experiencing technical difficulties. Our technical team is currently figuring out the source…

Posted by PSA Philippine Identification System on Thursday, April 29, 2021

The national ID system is being implemented pursuant to the Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.

The measure seeks to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens of the country.

It also aims to “promote seamless delivery of service, to improve the efficiency, transparency, and targeted delivery of public and social services, to enhance administrative governance, to reduce corruption and curtail bureaucratic red tape, to avert fraudulent transactions and misrepresentations, to strengthen financial inclusion, and to promote ease of doing business.”

Over 800K registered online for the PhilSys Step 1 – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   May 17, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – A total of 849,862 individuals have successfully completed the online Step 1 registration for the Philippine identification system (PhilSys), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Monday.

The PSA said this figure was recorded as of May 13 or a few weeks after the online registration for Step 1 started on April 30.

The website for the PhilSys registration encountered technical errors on the first day, but the agency assured it continues to “develop user-management strategies to improve the website and accommodate more registrants.”

The launch of the online Step 1 Registration aims to boost the general public’s engagement with PhilSys without compromising health and safety protocols.

The PSA said that close to 34 million have so far completed the Step 1 registration via the house-to-house collection of demographic data in priority provinces.

Step 1 in the registration process involves gathering of demographic information such as name, gender, birthplace and birth date, blood type, address, citizenship, marital status, cellphone number, and email address – from the targeted registrants.

Step 2 Registration involves capturing a registrant’s biometric data such as their iris scans, fingerprint scans, and front-facing photograph at local registration centers.

The third and final step of PhilSys registration will involve the issuance of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and the physical ID (PhilID).

The national ID system is being implemented pursuant to the Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.

PhilSys aims to provide a formal identification to Filipinos to ease the delivery of services and make public and private transactions seamless, safe, and efficient.

It is also anticipated to ease the public’s access to financial, social protection, health, education, and other government services.

PSA warns public against fixers, scammers collecting fees for PhilSys ID

Marje Pelayo   •   May 12, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) warns the public against fixers and scammers collecting assistance fee for the processing of the PhilSys ID or the National ID card.

The agency said the entire process of application up to delivery of the physical card is free.

To avoid scammers, the PSA encourages the public to personally process their PhilSys registration.

The public is also encouraged to report to the agency any incident or individual who offers assistance/payment for PhilSys ID processing via email to info@philsys.gov.ph or send a message to PSA’s official Facebook account m.me/PSAPhilSysOfficial.

Concerns and reports may also be coursed through the nearest Provincial Statistics Office.

“Muli, libre po ang pagpaparehistro sa PhilSys, walang assistance fee, at walang delivery fee para sa PhilID,” the agency posted.

Meanwhile, the PSA reiterated that any unauthorized issuance and use of PhilID is penalized by imprisonment of three to six months, a fine of up to three million pesos in accordance with the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of Republic Act No. 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act.

Persons aged 15-17, above 65 allowed to go out for national ID registration

Robie de Guzman   •   May 7, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) has allowed minors aged 15 to 17 and persons above 65 years old to go out of their residence to register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), Malacañang said Friday.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made the announcement over state-run PTV.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is currently conducting the registration for the national identification system.

The first step in the registration process involves gathering of demographic information such as name, gender, birthplace and birth date, blood type, address, citizenship, marital status, cellphone number, and email address – from the targeted registrants.

Step 2 entails the capture the biometric information such as iris scan, fingerprints, and photograph at the PhilSys registration centers.

The third step is the issuance of PhilSys number and the distribution of the physical ID.

The PSA earlier reported that the delivery of the first batch of national identification cards of those who successfully registered in the system is underway.

As of April 30, 2021, the agency said that a total of 6,378,695 registrants have completed the Step 2 Registration. These individuals underwent the assisted Step 1 Registration or the house-to-house collection of demographic data, and setting of appointment for Step 2.

The national ID system is being implemented pursuant to the Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.

The measure seeks to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens of the country, as well as promote seamless delivery of service, ease of doing business, and enhances administrative governance.

The PSA earlier said it targets to register 70 million Filipinos by the end of the year, and nearly the entire population by 2022.

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