DUMAGUETE CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Negros Oriental has exceeded its target number of individuals in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration for the period covering February to May, this year.
Ariel Fortuito, PSA-Negros Oriental chief, in an interview Monday, said as of May 31, the actual number of people registered for the national identification system is 486,028, way above its target of 444,579.
The figure is higher by 41,449 individuals who registered for the Step 1 and Step 2 processes of the PhilSys, he said.
Fortuito attributed the accomplishment to the fast rollout of the enlistment process in the different towns and cities, as well as for institutions that are now accommodated for the national ID system registration.
Only the low-income earners registered last year under Step 1 or the pre-registration and were supposed to be prioritized for Step 2 this year, he said.
Unfortunately, some of those who were listed down reportedly declined to proceed with the registration for a number of reasons, particularly the threat and risks posed by the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).
Because of this, the agency was given the go-signal to accommodate government offices, institutions, and even walk-ins provided the registration will not exceed the daily quota, Fortuito said.
Meanwhile, the PSA chief is optimistic that they will be able to reach or go beyond another target from June to December this year, which is 854,257 individuals.
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 will 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)