The Philippine Statistics Authority is looking into the registration of 10 million people for the national ID system that President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law in 2018.
That’s a lot of numbers and processing to look forward to but the global pandemic is not going to happen anytime soon. Registration has been moved from July to October 2020, from its original start date.
“Ang original plan ho natin is July this year, ‘yun ho talaga ang approved timeline, pero because of COVID we have to move ‘yung timeline natin so ang target po natin ngayon ay October of this year we will already start ‘yung mass registration,” PSA Deputy National Statistician Assistant Secretary Lourdines Dela Cruz said in an interview over DZBB
.Dela Cruz also assured the National ID’s mass registration will give priority to those “poorest of the poor.”
What is the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys)?
- For all registered Filipinos and residents it serves as valid proof of identity.
- ID holders would no longer be required to provide other IDs or forms of identification, to speed up services and applications.
- Gives each person who is registered in the system a unique, randomly generated number.
- Different government agencies can review personal data to verify their identity.
- It would ideally be quicker to authenticate a person’s identity, making it easier to apply or register for services such as opening a bank account.
The PSA is hoping to have majority of the Filipinos to have the National ID by 2022.
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