February 9, 2023

The Philippine Statistics Authority-Cordillera has listed a total of 374,410 individuals in the first level registration of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) that was rolled out on Jan. 18 in the region.

PSA-CAR Chief Administrative Officer Adrian Cerezo said the number is 131.85 percent accomplishment from the registration in January until March 31, overshooting the 279,720 pilot registration target in the region.

PSA personnel set up registration areas in villages and sub-villages all over the region on specific schedules to reach more people in the registration.

Data shows a 66.66 percent average daily accomplishment for the whole Cordillera.

Cerezo said all provinces have high acceptance of the program.

PSA Regional Director Villafe Alibuyog said the agency is extending the first level registration until April 30 as there are some barangays in the region that were not able to complete their target due to the erratic Internet connection.

In the first level registration, PSA-enumerators get the basic demographic data of a person like full name, sex, date and place of birth, blood type, permanent and present address, nationality, marital status (optional), mobile phone number and email address and take a photo of the person showing a government-issued identification or the person’s proof of identity.

Internet connectivity is needed during first-level registration for uploading of a registrant’s identification.

After uploading, a registrant will be issued an appointment slip where they will proceed to the registration center on the time and date set for their iris scan, picture-taking and biometrics-taking.

Level 2 registration will start in May after completion of the additional first level registration.

The national ID aims to provide a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens in the country as valid proof of identity.

Alibuyog said the PhilSys 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, streamlines delivery of social services especially for the vulnerable groups of the population; and strengthen financial inclusion for both public and private services. – PNA