June 14, 2021

PSA aims for 100,000 PhilSys registrations every day

As the registration process for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) continues to settle, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) expects 100,000 registrants every day.

“The registration procedure is running well. In a recent social media post, PSA cited CEO and National Statistician Undersecretary Claire Dennis Mapa as saying, “We’re seeing more than 100,000 registrations every day.”

In a recent virtual news conference, Mapa stated that more than 12 million Filipinos have completed Step 2 (biometrics) registration.

He also stated that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) had produced 500,000 Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards, with at least 75,000 of them already being distributed free of charge by the Philippine Post.

The first step is acquiring demographic data, which may be done online.

At registration centers, Step 2 will process fingerprint and iris scans, as well as front-facing pictures.

In the context of escalating coronavirus cases and the modified enhanced community quarantine status from June 5 to 20, PhilSys registration has been put on hold until August.

PSA works with local government bodies to ensure that health procedures are followed throughout Step 2.

PSA also reminded government entities and the commercial sector that, as specified by Republic Act 11055 or the PhilSys Act, the PhilID is a legitimate evidence of identification in transactions.

There are consequences for agencies or businesses that break the law.

The Philsys Act, which was signed into law by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in August 2018, proposes to create a single national ID for all Filipinos and permanent immigrants.

The national ID will serve as a legitimate evidence of identification that will make public and private transactions, school enrollment, and bank account opening easier.

It will also improve efficiency, particularly when interacting with government services since users would only need to provide one form of identification during transactions.

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