July 19, 2024

The Philippine Statistics Authority has surpassed its initial target of pre-registering nine million individuals for the Philippine ID System (PhilSys).
As of Dec. 14, 2020, the PSA has listed 9,004,546 individuals in step 1 of the three-step process in the issuance of a national ID. Data collection started October last year.
In Benguet, the Provincial Statistical Office started training data collectors and field supervisors from Jan. 12 to 14. This is to prepare them in the implementation of PhilSys step 1 registration and to ensure that health and safety protocols are embedded in the registration process.
During the pre-registration, the data collector has to do the following: introduce the data collector and the PhilSys; explain the privacy notice and request the individual’s consent on the collection of their personal information; inquire on the availability and type of supporting document/s; capturing the front-facing photo of the individual holding the ID/supporting document under his/her chin, if available; gather demographic information; review the encoded demographic information; confirmation if an individual belongs to a household in the Listahanan of the Department of Social Welfare and Development; profile the individual as to sector; inquire on the existence of a bank account; issue an appointment slip; and uploading collected data.
Last Jan. 18, the PSA started the step 1 registration in selected barangays in Baguio City.
Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018 aims to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines.
As a foundational digital ID system built on a privacy-by-design principle, the PhilSys is envisioned to make services more accessible, promote ease of doing business, enhance the integrity of services and reducing fraud, enable and promote participation and trust in digital government and digital economy, and empower Filipinos with greater control over their personal data. – Press release