January 31, 2023

Philippine Statistics Authority-Benguet is working double time to capture the biometrics information of more than 300,000 individuals for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) by December.

PSA-Benguet Director Imelda Buyuccan said the office is expected to enlist 344,000 in step 2 of the registration process for PhilSys.

PhilSys step 2 registration involves the capturing of finger prints, irises, and facial images.

Unlike in the step 1 registration, in which PSA-Benguet was awarded for achieving the highest accomplishment against its target, Buyuccan said the office’s accomplishment in step 2 enlistment is dismal.

PSA-Benguet has enlisted 62,000 so far under step 2 registration, which represents an 18 percent accomplishment rate.

In the step 1 registration, PSA-Benguet enlisted 249,000 against its 128,520 target. This stage involves getting the demographic information of a registrant such as name, sex, nationality, and blood type.

With the deployment of additional registration kits in November, Buyuccan said PSA-Benguet, which also covers Baguio City, aims to enlist 1,800 individuals a day to meet its 344,000 quota.

She said the office has received 67 registration kits, of which 21 will be rolled out in Baguio to complement the 10 kits currently used in the city and 46 will be deployed in the various registration areas in Benguet.

Buyuccan has asked barangay officials to assist PSA when it rolls out the step 2 enlistment in the communities in November.

Among other things, PSA requires registration centers to have an Internet connection and enough space to ensure physical distancing is observed.

Buyuccan said the office also needs the help of barangay officials in informing their constituents when PSA is scheduled to have its enlistment in the communities and in letting the people know about the documents they need to bring for their step 2 registration.

Registrants for step 2 are required to present a copy of their birth certificate and a government-issued ID card that bears the owner’s photograph.

“We are looking forward to the support of barangays for us to meet our quota for the step 2 registration,” Buyuccan said.

Before the ID is printed, the information gathered at the local PSA offices will undergo a process called de-duplication to ensure a person did not register more than once.

PSA-Cordillera Director Villafe Alibuyog said if a person is found to have registered multiple times, which can be detected through the finger prints, they will not be issued a number for the PhilSys ID.

She said those who register in different places using different documents can be easily detected because no two finger prints or no two irises are the same.

The printing of the PhilSys ID is lodged with Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, which will endorse the items to PhilPost for delivery to the owner. – Jane B. Cadalig