CEBU CITY – This capital of Cebu province officially started the Step 2 registration for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) on Thursday, Mayor Edgardo Labella announced.
He said the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) began processing applications for the national ID at the Robinsons Galleria mall here.
Labella said the first batch of registration kits arrived in the city on Wednesday.
“[These kits] contain iris scanners, fingerprint scanners, laptops, and printers which the PSA will use for the registration of Cebu City residents in our south and north districts,” the mayor said in a mix of English and Cebuano via social media.
He said he is excited for the rollout, noting that the “national ID system will help streamline information and transactions with the government.”
He assured that the city government will support the project, and will give the PSA any assistance it may need in implementing the registration process in the city.
Labella said the registration will be done per barangay, which will set the schedule for its residents to go to the designated venue to avoid overcrowding.
The general registration stage, which is the Step 2 of the PhilSys implementation, will capture the biometric information such as iris scan, fingerprints and photograph. It will be done at the PhilSys registration centers, which will include local government units and PSA’s provincial and regional offices.
Step 3 will be the issuance of PhilSys Numbers (PSNs) and physical IDs to the registrants.
To recall, Step 1 or the pre-registration stage was completed last year wherein PSA registration officers and enumerators recorded the demographic information of the registrants during house to house visits.
Demographic data include name, permanent address, date and place of birth, and blood type.
Aside from Cebu province, the other provinces in Central Visayas that are among the pilot areas of PhilSys registration are Bohol and Negros Oriental.
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 will 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)