THE Philippine Statistics
Authority (PSA) is confident
it is on track to meet its national ID registration target
of 50–70 million by year’s
“The PSA is on track to
hit the 50-70 million registrations for 2021.
registration teams, all over
the country, are registering
about 250,000 registrants
per day in 81 provinces and
the five provincial offices of
the NCR (National Capital
Region),” PSA Undersecretary Dennis Clare S. Mapa
said in a text message.
He said the target is
to complete both the demographic and biometric registration processes within
the year for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).
As of July 16, the
agency was able to complete 38.157 million step 1
registrations through house-to-house visits and visits online
The first step
captures demographic data on registrants. They
are then scheduled for the next step, which is biometrics collection
at designated sites.
PSA has recorded the biometrics of 19.257
A parallel effort
to get more citizens to open bank accounts saw the opening
of 4.87 million accounts with Land Bank of the Philippines,
which maintains a presence at the registration centers.
Mapa said the
PSA and the central bank have completed printing 2.1 million
national ID cards so far and released 1.82 million to the Philippine
Postal Corp. for delivery.
Republic Act 1105,
signed in 2018, established PhilSys as the national ID, with the intent
of serving as the single ID in lieu of the
multiple other forms of ID deemed acceptable for transactions like opening
also hopes to broaden financial inclusion by making
opening bank accounts easier.
Sentral ng Pilipinas last month ordered banks to accept the national ID as
a sole proof of identity for those wanting to open accounts.
The national ID is also expected to help the
government with its social programs. The lack of a centralized identification
system was blamed for the slow distribution of cash aid to poor households last
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