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Over 66.4 million Filipinos have registered for Step 2 through PhilSys.

MANILA, Philippines — As of Wednesday, 66,482,398 Filipinos had completed Step 2 of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) project’s registration process.

According to the latest data from the Philippine Statistic Authority (PSA), biometric captures were submitted by 72.3 percent of the 92 million targets for this year’s PhilSys registration. Personalization has been completed on 13,859,229 physical Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards.

In addition, the PhilSys program has helped 8,023,495 unbanked Filipinos obtain a free account with the Landbank of the Philippines.

The PSA has generated PhilSys numbers for 27,553,466 registrants, and the PSA’s courier partner, Philippine Postal Corporation, has delivered 11,535,098 PhilID cards.

A farmer, Bryan Gatchalian, stressed the significance of obtaining a PhilID.

“Malaking tulong po ang PhilID para sa pangarap ko sa pamilya ko, magagamit ko po ito sa pag-loan at pagbabangko ng pera,” Gatchalian added.

Lyka Wael, a registrant, said that getting a PhilID will eliminate many of the procedures for producing proof of identity when dealing with the government.

The PSA previously launched the PhilSys Check, which uses a rapid response (QR) code technology to validate the PhilID card and check the information recorded in its QR code.

The PhilSys Check employs public-private key cryptography and is intended to help the government and commercial sector “allow a greater transition to digital or online citizen-centric service delivery.”

PhilSys works to increase financial inclusion and give more Filipinos access to fundamental social services.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11055, or the PhilSys Act, into law in August 2018, with the goal of creating a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident immigrants.

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

It will also increase efficiency, particularly when interacting with government services since people will simply have to display their PhilID during transactions.

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