Dabawenya shares tips for smooth nat’l ID processing

Dabawenya shares tips for smooth nat’l ID processing

DAVAO CITY — A registrant to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or national ID here shared her personal experience to make the processing smoother and accurate for others.

In a Facebook Page post on April 27, Jenisan Sula said a registrant should be alert and answer correctly the questions asked by PhilSys enumerators to save time, provide only factual information to the national ID data.

“ I make sure I could already register because having a national ID is very important in accessing government assistance and very needed when transacting with government agencies and private companies,” Sula said in the vernacular.

Sula said she was a walk-in registrant at a registration site in Maa, going in for enlistment on a Sunday morning.

After being asked to present a valid ID, she then queued with other registrants. She advised never to attempt to do shortcuts or cut the line, otherwise, your attention will be called by the Philsys enumerators.

“I was number 86 but I didn’t mind the long queue because getting a national ID is very precious to me,” she said.

She underscored the importance of giving correct and accurate demographic details, noting these will permanently appear in the database as the basis for the issuance of the national ID card. This also goes for the spelling of one’s name, she said.

“In the cubicle with PhilSys staff, I readied my valid ID so that when asked, I could immediately present it rather than still find it somewhere else; time is important,” she said.

When asked about 10 basic items including name, address, blood type among others, she said she answered with confidence and accuracy.

“You should be ready in answering the details to save time and to fast track the registration considering there is still a long line of people waiting for their turn,” she said.

After Step 1 or the interview phase, she immediately proceeded to Step 2 or the biometrics and validation of the data she provided in the previous step.

In getting the biometrics like the iris scan, she said one should open their eyes wide and should not blink so that it would be captured correctly by the machine.

She observed that other registrants spent time in the iris scan because they often blink their eyes thereby delaying the process.

In the left and right fingers scanning, the hands should be dry, free of perspiration. The fingers should not also move so the scanning would be quick and easy, she said.

Finally, during the taking of photo, one is not allowed to smile or show teeth. She said preparations should be made at home to avoid looking stressed out on the final photo.

She advised those who have yet to register to review the data to ensure they are correct before encoding.
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)

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