By Liezelle Soriano
MANILA — Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles said that the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) could reach its target to produce 30.1 million printed national IDs and 19.9 million digital ID cards which are printable.
According to Angeles, the PSA has sent approximately 17.6 million actual National ID cards to the Philippine Postal Corporation (PhilPost) as of August 23 for delivery to ID applicants’ homes.
Arsenio Balisacan, the secretary of economic planning at the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), is in charge of the PSA.
“PSA is making considerable progress to hit the end-year target of 30.1 million physical Phil ID cards, which is 58 percent of the overall target,” Balisacan said.
Balisacan has reported to Malacanang that in the last 11 days, the daily average of physical cards produced at the printing facilities of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas is 103,000 per day, which is above PSA’s daily target.
“Note that the target number of IDs issued by the end year is 50 million, of which 30.1 million are physical IDs, and the balance of 19.9 million is digital/printable IDs,” Balisacan said in his report.
President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has earlier ordered the PSA to issue 30 million national IDs by the end of 2022 and reach the target goal of 92 million by the middle of next year, as he cited its vital role in digital transformation during his first State of the Nation Address (SONA) last July 25. (ai/mtvn)