President Rodrigo Duterte has approved P3.52 billion in additional funding to register 20 million more individuals in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) by the end of 2021, Malacañang said Wednesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the 20 million more people to be registered under PhilSys would be on top of the government’s 50-million target.
“President Rodrigo Roa Duterte, together with the members of his Cabinet, approved the P3.52-billion additional budget for 2021 to register 20 million more individuals (on top of the 50-million target) to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) by the end of 2021, as presented by Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua,” Roque said in a statement.
The government targets to provide about 92 million Filipinos with the national ID by the end of June 2022.
Last November, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) began collecting demographic data from targeted low-income Filipinos in 664 cities and municipalities in 32 provinces identified as “low-risk” areas for the coronavirus outbreak, among them Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Leyte, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, and Tawi-Tawi.
The PSA earlier said registration of all households will be made starting January 2021 through the help of local government units, partner-agencies, and other stakeholders. SOVEREIGNPH