LEGAZPI CITY – Almost 280,000 residents of Albay province have completed the second phase of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-Albay reported on Thursday that as of June 5, there were 278,860 individuals who have finished the input of biometric information.
The Step 2 process validates supporting documents and captures biometrics including iris and fingerprint scans and front-facing photograph at local registration centers.
In an interview, Cross Doreh Lee, PSA-Albay spokesperson, said the Step 2 registration in the province is still ongoing despite the pullout of some registration kits.
“Our operation is continuous despite the pullout wherein the kits will be transferred to other provinces for the step 2 registration. Every municipality in the province has registration centers with SM City Legazpi as an additional registration center,” she said.
Lee noted that despite the pandemic, many Albayanos go to the centers to avail of the national identification (ID).
“We prioritize the safety and security of everyone, that’s why we are always conducting disinfection and observe proper health protocols,” she said.
Lee also said their office is encouraging government offices and private institutions with 60 and above number of employees to avail of their institutional registration.
“As of June, we have 10 government offices who already availed the said registration with 1,008 completed and successful registration, while five for private institutions with 1,041 completed registration,” she noted.
Signed into law by President Rodrigo 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, 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 one ID during transactions. (PNA)