November 29, 2022

BANGUED, Abra – The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) biometrics registration towards acquiring a single national identification or Philippine Identification (PhilID) card is underway in Abra.
The biometrics registration, which captures the registrants’ fingerprint, iris scan, and face photographs is the second of the three steps of the PhilSys process.  
The PhilID is a proof of identity that can be used for government and private transactions and eliminates other forms of IDs.
Philippine Statistics Authority Head Felix Perdido said bio-metrics registrants reached 12,335 as of July 21. The target for July is 14,688.
For June, PSA exceeded its target of 5,148 with actual registrants of 6,112.
For 2021, a total of 173,688 individuals are targeted for biometrics registration.
PSA-Abra is equipped with 13 registration kits with four units stationed at the Registration Center of the provincial office.
Perdido said the remaining nine registration kits are temporarily stationed in three municipalities simultaneously with three kits positioned for every municipality. These are transferred to other areas after accomplishing the target for the town.
Already completed are La Paz, Lagangilang, and Bucay while registration is ongoing in Dolores, Danglas, and Manabo.
Perdido said they are expecting 15 additional registration kits by September to beef up their operations with Abra having 27 municipalities, the biggest in the Cordillera. 
Walk-in applicants are entertained but priority is given to those who underwent step 1 or those who had their demographic data collected prior to the roll-out of biometrics registration, Perdido said.
PSA Usec. Dennis Claire Mapa, who visited the rollout of biometrics registration in Tublay, Benguet last June, said the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas that will produce the national ID assured data confidentiality and integrity. – Susan C. Aro