May 21, 2024

The Philippine Statistics Authority Cordillera and its six provincial statistics offices are preparing for the implementation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) in the region this month.
There are three processes to be done for the PhilSys registration. First step is gathering of basic demographic information; step 2 is collection of biometric information; and step 3 is the issuance of PhilSys ID card.
For step 1, applicants shall provide basic demographic data that are accurate with the use of Tablet-Based Pre-registration System (TBPRS), a secure electronic device operated by PSA-authorized data collectors or enumerators who will visit from house to house.
This strategy was determined by the PSA in compliance to the established health and safety measures and security protocols against the threat of Covid-19, and to prevent applicants from flocking or crowding the PSA-designated registration centers.
Registration of Filipino citizens and resident aliens in all provinces in the Cordillera will begin on Jan. 18. Areas with low income households and low incidence of Covid-19 cases will be prioritized.
The information to be collected include full name, sex, date and place of birth, blood type, permanent and present address, nationality, marital status (optional), mobile phone number (optional) and email address (optional). Applicants will be asked to present supporting documents such as PSA-issued copy of birth certificate or primary identification documents such as government-issued IDs or a passport. An appointment transaction slip for the next step of registration under the PhilSys (step 2) will be given to the applicant.
In step 2 registration, the PSA collects biometric information such as scans of the fingers and the iris (eyes), and captures front-facing image of the individual. The process will be undertaken at designated registration centers wherein applicants provided with appointment transaction slips after undergoing step 1 will be asked to visit the registration centers at a scheduled date and time.
The PhilSys is built on system of a privacy-by-design principle and adopts the latest technologies and innovations in implementation taking into account the importance of privacy of individuals and security of information pursuant to Republic Act 10173 or the Data Privacy Act.
The PSA is encouraging the public to cooperate in this government endeavor and for the regional line agencies and local government units to assist in the successful conduct of the PhilSys registration in their areas.
Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System, Act which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018, mandates the PSA to implement the PhilSys. The PSA will be the agency primarily responsible in the overall planning, management, and administration of the PhilSys with technical assistance from the Department of Information and Communications Technology.
The national ID or the PhilSys aims to provide a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens in the country as valid proof of identity.
It is expected to simplify public and private transactions, promote ease of doing business, enhance integrity of services by eliminating identity fraud, enhance transparency in governance thereby reducing corruption, streamline delivery of social services especially for the vulnerable groups of the population, and strengthen financial inclusion for both public and private services. – Press release