The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has completed the first step of the registration of more than 4 million Filipinos under the national identification (ID) system.
National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Acting Secretary Karl Chua showed that as of November 9, the government managed to collect demographic information from 4,012,987 (or about 2,242,695 households) as part of the three-step process under the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).
After collecting information, the next two steps are the recording of biometrics and validation; and issuance of PhilSys number and ID.
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President Rodrigo R. Duterte signed Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act in August 2018 which aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.
The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity that shall be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrolment in schools, and the opening of bank accounts.
It will also boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present the ID during transactions.
On October 12, PSA enumerators started the Step 1 Registration for the identified low-income household heads in 32 priority provinces. See the image below for the list of provinces included.
The PSA targets to register the majority of Filipinos by the end of 2022.