The Philippine Statistics Authority will begin the mass registration for the National ID System starting October 12, 2020.
Initially, the mass registration scheduled was scheduled last July. However, because of movement restrictions due to the coronavirus disease pandemic, the agency moved the registration to October.
PSA Assistant Secretary Rosalinda Bautista said the priority is to register 5 million heads of low-income households from the list of the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).
To begin the registration process, assigned personnel will conduct a house-to-house visitation to selected pre-registrants to get their information and schedule a date for them to go to the registration center, Bautista explained.
Once scheduled, pre-registrants will visit their nearby registration centers on November 25 for their biometric capture.
Bautista said an additional 4 million people would be scheduled for registration.
“All in all, 9 million people will be preregistered before the end of the year but the 5 million household heads will already head to the registration centers,” she said in Filipino.
Next year, PSA aims to register 45 million people and another 42 million by 2022.
So by the end of the term of President Duterte, we will be able to cover the majority of the Philippines, she added.
She also noted that the registration and the ID to be issued free of charge.
Signed into law in August 2018, the National ID system will provide a valid proof of identity for all Filipinos and residents, making access to services faster and efficient.