DUMAGUETE CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in Negros Oriental is now accommodating companies and other institutions for the registration of their employees to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) to speed up the national ID card issuance.
Engr. Ariel Fortuito, PSA-Negros Oriental chief, in an interview Tuesday, said registration slowed down at the designated outlets after the province was placed under modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) due to a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases.
Negros Oriental was under MECQ from June 15 to July 15 and was downgraded to general community quarantine (GCQ) with heightened restrictions from July 16-July 31. The lower quarantine classification was extended from Aug. 1-15.
Fortuito said they have recently catered to some institutions such as the DCCCO Multi-Purpose Cooperative and the Diocese of Dumaguete.
If a request is made, they will require at least 50 people at one venue for registration, provided they can present the necessary credentials like a government identification card, he said.
Meanwhile, records at the PSA-Negros Oriental show that as of July 31, a total of 593,330 individuals have signed up for the national identification program, Fortuito said.
He called on the people to come and visit their respective designated registration centers to sign up for the PhilSys program.
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)