DAVAO CITY – Preparations are underway for Step 2 Registration of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), said Assistant Secretary Rosalinda P. Bautista, deputy national statistician.
Bautista, in her presentation during the Dec. 17 Dagyaw, a live online project of the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO), said PSA is currently working on the development of modules for the PhilySys Application (version 1) and the pre-registration and registration of client modules.
“Aside from that, PSA is also coordinating closely with the local government units for the setup of LGU-based registration centers,” she said.
As of this posting, 663 or 99.8 percent of LGUs have already identified locations, Bautista said.
She added that PSA has started the deployment of registration kits on November 6 with corresponding logistical support from the military.
“A total of 4,212 (92 percent) out of the 4,590 registration kits were delivered as of December 9,”she said.
Members of the Task Force Step 2 Registration have also underwent training online on Nov. 16-18.
The training is aimed at delving deeper into the registration guidelines and system, Bautista said.
Step 2 measures
Based on the PSA’s PhilSys timeline, Step 2 Registration will start on a gradual small-scale basis by January to April 2021 in identified 32 provinces and will ramp up by May to December 2021 covering all provinces.
Bautista reiterated the stand of PSA to prioritize heads of low-income families in the initial stage of PhilSys registration.
“PSA ensures everyone will have their turn when time comes and we are mindful of health protocols embedded in our operation,” Bautista said.
PSA, she said, is also considering the conduct of Step 2 Registration online to control the physical presence of people as the threat of the coronavirus continues.
She cited President Rodrigo Duterte’s approval of the PHP3.5 billion additional budget for the PhilSys registration.
This new budget brings to a total of PHP11 billion the budget earmarked for the National ID.
The budget is targeted to fund the registration of up to 70 million individuals by end of 2021, Bautista said.
Meanwhile ,Bautista said PSA recorded a total of 9,004,546 million from 4,429,288 million households as Step 1 registrants.
The number indicates 100.1 percent of its target for Dec. 31, 2020 encouraging PSA to increase its target to 11 million registrants by end of this year, she added.
The PSA earlier said among the 9 million registrants, 89.3 percent have indicated they do not have bank accounts.
Given that high percentage, PSA said it sees the importance of successful rollout of the the National ID to enable low-income Filipinos to open a bank account to give them access to basic banking services and lesser interest rates.
Signed into law by President Duterte in August 2018, Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act, aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.
The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity that shall be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrolment in schools, and the opening of bank accounts.
It will also boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present the ID during transactions. (PNA)