DAVAO CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is reminding Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) applicants who registered for Step 1 through the house-to-house process that they need not do the online step anymore.
PSA issued the clarification after encountering redundant demographic registrations for the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card.
Registrants of the house-to-house process will just wait for the text message from the PSA or the local government unit for the Step 2 (biometrics) schedule, a Facebook advisory read.
The date, time, and location of the registration center will be included in the text message.
PSA also reminded the public to observe health and safety protocols at PhilSys registration sites.
Step 2 registration requires physical presence as it involves iris and fingerprint scans and front-facing photographs.
After completing Step 2, registrants can go to the Land Bank of the Philippines (LBP) booths at the site to sign up for an account.
PhilSys registrants, particularly those from the low-income sector, will need the LBP account to access financial assistance from the government.
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)