Wed. May 19th, 2021

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is eyeing to register about 70 million Filipinos for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or national identification (ID) system by the end of 2021.

“PhilSys will be working on a total of P11.6-billion budget for 2021. This budget will enable the registration of 70 million individuals, including special population, by the end of 2021 through PSA-operated registration and registration agent-operated,” PSA Assistant Secretary Rosalinda Bautista said in a virtual town hall meeting on Thursday.

Bautista announced the government has modestly surpassed its year-end goal of collecting demographic data from targeted nine million low-income Filipinos.

As of December 14, about 9 million low-income Filipinos have taken the first step of the registration phase.

“That’s 100.1 percent of our December 31 target, which is nine million and we have already covered 4,429,288 households,” Bautista said.

She said the PSA conducts major preparatory activities for the second phase of registration which includes deployment of registration kits to the target provinces and the task force training for the Step 2 registration.

The PSA conducts an ongoing development of modules for the Philsys application (version 1) as well as the pre-registration and registration client modules.

PSA also continues to coordinate with the local government units (LGUs) of the 32 provinces identified for the initial pre-registration, to set up LGU-based registration centers.

As the PhilSys targets to facilitate the financial inclusion of the unbanked Filipinos, Bautista said about 89.3 percent of the registered individuals have remained unbanked.

Bautista said the PSA has recorded about 87.4 percent of registered individuals do have supporting identifications which can be used in the second step of the Philsys registration.

She added that a total of 79.3 percent of the registrants signified that they have mobile phone numbers where the PSA could provide updates about their registrations in the PhilSys project.

Bautista reiterated the first step in the registration involves the collection of the registrant’s information including full name, gender, date, and place of birth, blood type, and address.

The second phase of the PhilSys registration will involve the capturing of biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scans. SOVEREIGNPH

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