DAVAO CITY – Residents of Barangay Osmeña, Compostela Valley in Davao de Oro are thankful that they were included in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration.
The three-day activity was held at the village hall from October 16 to 18, with officials lauding residents for their cooperation and willingness to acquire a Philippine Identification (PhilID) card.
PhilSys-Davao de Oro team also praised Barangay Osmeña officials in a Facebook post Oct. 20 for helping ensure a smooth and orderly registration while following safety protocols such as wearing of masks and face shields and physical distancing.
Maricar Neli Ople, a resident, thanked village officials and Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) staff for assisting her and her two children.
“I am so thankful that the PhilSys registration reached our barangay because I believe having a national ID is very important. At least I and my two kids have valid IDs,” she said in the vernacular.
The registration accepted minors five to 17 years old as long as they have original and certified copies of their birth certificates.
Adult registrants were required to present two ID cards or documents like birth certificate, marriage contract or voter’s certification or ID.
A barangay clearance with photo was accepted in lieu of IDs.
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)