PSA: Public registration for national ID system to start by July 2020

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 2) — All Filipinos in the country can start registering for the national ID system by July 2020, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

Overseas Filipinos, meanwhile, are targeted for registration in 2021.

“The PSA sees the utmost importance for the PhilSys (Philippine Identification System) to first undergo a series of pilot testing before finally launching it to the public. We want to ensure that the processes are efficient, the systems are fully functional, and all information within the system are secure,” National Statistician and Civil Registrar Dennis Mapa said in a statement.

The government rolled out the national ID system on September 2 to a small number of individuals in Metro Manila, which includes select Department of Social Welfare and Development beneficiaries, and employees of the PSA and National Economic and Development Authority.

The PSA said the pilot test registration will run from this month until June 2020, and will be expanded to cover select groups from Regions III and IV-A once the system is stable.

The first part of the pilot test involves biometric and demographic capturing processes. It will then be extended on May 2020 to test the end-to-end system which involves deduplication, generation of unique PhilSys Numbers, card printing and issuance.

Mapa said the multiple pilot tests would also ensure the security and integrity of Filipinos’ personal data.

The PSA said a privacy impact assessment will be conducted this year to identify potential vulnerabilities in the privacy and security of personal information.

Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia said last week that if the initial test run proves to be successful, the government will ramp up the project’s implementation.

Pernia estimated that 107 million Filipinos, including those working overseas and foreigners who are residents in the Philippines, will be covered by the national ID system by the end of the Duterte administration.

The ID will contain ten pieces of demographic information, including the holder's full name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, address, and whether they are Filipino or an alien.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Philippine Identification System Act August last year.

The law was aimed at creating a single official identification card for all citizens that would interconnect government-issued IDs.

The Philippine Statistics Authority, National Privacy Commission, the Department of Information and Communications Technology and the multi-agency PhilSystem Policy and Coordinating Council will work together to address all the privacy concerns regarding the ID's implementation.