January 29, 2023

The Department of the Interior and Local Government-Cordillera is enjoining all local government units to support the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) mobile registrations as a strategy to cover the remaining unregistered population in the region.

“We call on our LGUs to ensure the registration and enrollment of all citizens and resident aliens into the PhilSys, including indigenous peoples and those located in remote localities,” said Regional Director Araceli San Jose.

The PhilSys Act mandates the establishment of a single national identification system to register all Filipinos and resident aliens of the Republic of the Philippines.

“LGUs are responsible for mobilizing all resources for pre-registration and registration activities, such as registration areas, electrical supplies, registration kit storage areas, physical security, and crowd control, if necessary,” San Jose said.

Logistical support include lending back-up service vehicles for the deployment of registration teams and kits, additional chairs and tables when necessary, and waste management and sanitation services, noting that LGUs should strictly enforce strict adherence to health protocols to prevent the spread of the Covid-19, especially during the registration process.

She also urged LGUs to identify locations for the registration operations and mobilize potential registrants.

“If necessary, our LGUs should issue clearances or certification to the PhilSys registration teams to allow them to conduct registration activities in areas within their jurisdiction,” she said.

She also encouraged LGUs to waive fees for indigent persons in the issuance of barangay clearance for purposes of the PhilSys registration. San Jose reminded LGU officials of their roles in the dissemination of information regarding PhilSys, including but not limited to schedules, locations of PhilSys mobile registration, house-to-house surveys to identify unregistered individuals, and overall project information such as benefits of registering to PhilSys. – Press release