DAVAO CITY – Some municipalities in Davao Oriental and Region 10 (Northern Mindanao) have started accepting online booking appointments for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that Governor Generoso, Baganga, and Manay towns already started online booking.
In Region 10, Tubod and Sultan Naga Dimaporo in Lanao del Norte; Ozamiz in Misamis Occidental; and Villanueva, Tagoloan, El Salvador City, Alubijid, Cagayan de Oro City, Gingoog City, and Initao in Misamis Oriental are also processing online booking.
“The earliest schedule for appointment is on October 5,” the PSA posted on September 28.
PSA advised residents to register online for Step 1 and book appointments for the Step 2 biometrics registration by providing their mobile number and email address.
The PSA said securing appointments is necessary to avoid overcrowding as the Covid-19 threat persists.
Most often, PhilSys staff will not accommodate walk-in registrants.
After finishing Step 2, the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card will be delivered by the Philippine Post, although delays are expected because of coronavirus restrictions.
The entire application process is free of charge.
As of September 22, a total of 5,024,018 PhilID cards have been printed while at least 1.9 million have been delivered.
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 also seeks to boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present one ID during transactions. (PNA)