MANAOAG, Pangasinan – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has started the Step 2 registration process for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) in 11 out of 48 towns and cities in the province of Pangasinan.
In an interview on Monday, PSA Pangasinan chief statistical specialist Edgar Norberte said they conducted a gradual rollout of the second step in the registration in Tayug, Calasiao, Sta. Barbara, Lingayen, Malasiqui, Bayambang, Mangaldan, Manaoag towns, and San Carlos, Urdaneta, and Alaminos cities.
“We started on Feb. 16 with Step 2 in some local government units (LGUs) while Step 1 is still ongoing in all the 48 towns and cities of the province. It is gradual for Step 2 because we are still monitoring the capacity of the servers,” he said.
He added the residents in the 11 LGUs should wait for the text message from PSA for their schedule at the PhilSys registration centers before they proceed to their respective municipal or city halls to avoid crown gatherings.
Norberte reminded the residents who are still to undergo Step 1 registration process to ensure the mobile number they submitted is active as their schedule for Step 2 will be sent via text message.
Step 2 is the actual PhilSys registration, which is the validation of demographic information and capture of fingerprint, iris, and face images at PhilSys registration centers, he said.
It could be a PSA-based or an LGU-based registration.
However, the PSA currently has a memorandum of agreement with the LGUs for the LGU-based registration centers.
Norberte said they have finished the Step 1 registration process of low-income household heads in the 41 towns and cities of Pangasinan before the end of 2020, while Step 1 for all residents in the province began on Jan. 18 this year and is still ongoing.
“We target to cover for Step 1 the almost three million population of Pangasinan, but we are still at 500,000 hence, it would be a long way to go,” he added.
In Step 1 of the registration process for PhilSys that started in October, PSA enumerators and registration officers go to the barangays and collect demographic information.
Signed into law by President Rodrigo R. 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, enrollment 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 one ID during transactions. (PNA)