VP Robredo registers to Philippine Identification System – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   May 5, 2021   •   261

MANILA, Philippines — Vice President Leni Robredo has completed the second step in the registration for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

In a statement, the PSA said Robedo completed the registration process on Monday morning in Magarao, Camarines Sur which is one of the select municipalities in the two priority provinces for PhilSys registration.

Robredo finished the second step in about 12 minutes without technical difficulties after queuing with other local registrants, the agency said.

The step 2 registration involves the capture of the registrant’s biometric data such as their fingerprints, iris scans, and front-facing photograph.

Step 2 Registration began in January 2021 and continues to roll out on a gradual, small-scale basis in the priority provinces.

As of April 30, 2021, the PSA 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 PhilSys portal for pilot online Step 1 Registration was launched last April 30, 2021 but it encountered technical difficulties.

The final step of PhilSys registration will involve the issuance of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card.

“The PSN is a randomly generated number and will serve as a permanent identification number for every registrant used for digital transactions,” the PSA said.

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.

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.

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.

PH unemployment rate drops to 7.1% in March, PSA says

Robie de Guzman   •   May 6, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The unemployment rate in the country fell to 7.1 percent in March 2021, a survey by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) showed Thursday.

Based on the latest Labor Force Survey, the PSA said the unemployment rate registered in the third month of the year is equivalent to 3.44 million Filipinos aged 15 and above.

This is lower than the 8.8 percent or 4.19 million unemployed persons in February, and 8.7 percent or 3.95 million in January.

“This is the lowest reported rate covering the period of the Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic since April 2020,” the agency noted in a statement.

The PSA also reported that the labor force participation rate bounced back to 65.0 percent or a total of 48.77 million in March 2021.

The employment rate rose to 92.9 percent in March 2021, from 91.2 percent in February 2021.

“This translates to a month-on-month increase of about 2.18 million Filipinos who had job or business, from 43.15 million in February 2021 to 45.33 million Filipinos in March 2021,” the PSA said.

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