National ID registrants breach 25M as of Q1 2021 — PSA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, March 24) — Over 15 million more Filipinos have gotten onboard the Philippine Identification System or PhilSys during the first quarter of 2021, the Philippine Statistics Authority said.

The PSA reported Tuesday that 15.08 million individuals completed the system’s Step 1 registration, which involves door-to-door collection of information of heads of low-income households and appointment setting for Step 2.

The number covers 81 provinces and all cities in the National Capital Region, and brings the total of national ID registrants to 25.7 million since its launch in October last year.

As of end-2020, 10.6 million have already have registered for the national ID with PhilSys.

Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Chua earlier said the target number of registrations this 2021 is at least 50 million, a goal National Statistician Dennis Mapa is “optimistic” will be achieved.

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Mapa likewise vowed operations related to PhilSys will be ramped up and continuously adjusted in response to the COVID-10 pandemic to ensure both registrants and registration staff are safe.

The PSA also aims to launch an online portal this April in a bid to make the Step 1 registration more accessible and allow Filipinos to complete it without leaving their homes.

“We thank the public for embracing the PhilSys program and we hope that this enthusiasm continues as we open the PhilSys online portal soon,” said Deputy National Statistician Rosalinda Bautista. “The demand for this online registration is critical in realizing the goals of PhilSys so Filipinos can enjoy its uses and benefits.”

Step 2 registration entails the validation of supporting documents and capturing of biometric information like fingerprints, iris scans and front-facing photographs in registration centers on appointment basis.

Heads of low-income households are prioritized by the PSA in line with the government’s thrust to improve financial inclusion and allow these families to enter the formal financial system.

The unified ID system is projected to replace and meet bank requirements for account opening, which currently requires the presentation of at least two ID cards as proof of identity.