Delivery of first batch of national IDs underway — PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   May 5, 2021   •   321

MANILA, Philippines — The delivery of the first batch of Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards has begun, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said.

The PSA said the ID cards, which were printed by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), were picked up by the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) on May 1.

PHLPost, the official delivery partner of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), will distribute the IDs this week to Filipinos who have completed the first and second steps in registering for PhilSys.

The PSA said a total of 956 PhilIDs packaged in a regular-sized envelope will be delivered nationwide, including Metro Manila, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Pampanga, Rizal, Cavite, Iloilo, Bacolod, Albay, Bohol, Masbate, Capiz, Negros Oriental, Cebu, and Davao, among others.

“We are pleased to have commenced this major milestone in the implementation of the PhilSys. This exercise showed us what can be improved in our card production and personalization machines and processes,” PSA Undersecretary Dennis Mapa said in a statement.

“Our next step is to ensure that the machines are running in good condition for us to determine the volume of the next batch of PhilIDs to be produced, personalized, and delivered,” he added.

The first step in the registration process involves gathering of demographic information such as name, gender, birthplace and birth date, blood type, address, citizenship, marital status, cellphone number, and email address – from the targeted registrants.

Step 2 entails the capture the biometric information such as iris scan, fingerprints, and photograph at the PhilSys registration centers.

The third step is the issuance of PhilSys number and the distribution of the physical ID.

The PSA earlier said it targets to register 70 million Filipinos by the end of the year, and nearly the entire population by 2022.

The national ID system is being implemented pursuant to the Republic Act 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in 2018.

The measure seeks to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens of the country.

It also aims to “promote seamless delivery of service, to improve the efficiency, transparency, and targeted delivery of public and social services, to enhance administrative governance, to reduce corruption and curtail bureaucratic red tape, to avert fraudulent transactions and misrepresentations, to strengthen financial inclusion, and to promote ease of doing business.”

PSA warns public against Facebook pages linked to bogus civil registry transactions

Marje Pelayo   •   June 16, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is warning the public against individuals offering bogus civil registry document transactions on Facebook.

In an advisory, the agency bars the public from transacting with the following Facebook accounts as owners behind it are using the agency’s name for unauthorized transactions:

1. Temporary PSA Correction By Charmaine
2. PSA Online Assistance Door to Door Delivery
3. NSO Certificate Process
4. PSA Online Delivery
5. 3J RTW Clothing and Document Services

These links appear in several posts of the PSA’s official page.

The agency warns that forging and faking official documents of the agency has corresponding penalties under the law.

PSA is currently working with other agencies to track the people behind the said scheme.

Accounts psaserbilis.com and psahelpline.ph are the only official and authorized partners of PSA in all of its transactions and any information regarding the agency may be accessed through psa.gov.ph.

PSA to release 200K national IDs; opens add’l 212 PhilSys registration centers

Maris Federez   •   June 14, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has released 200,000 national ID cards to Filipino citizens with another 200,000 cards ready for delivery.

Deputy National Statistician Rosalinda Bautista reported that a total of 35 million Filipinos have completed Step 1 of the registration process either through house-to-house collection or through the PSA’s Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) website.

The PSA also reported that 12 million Filipinos have completed Step 2 or the collection of biometric information.

The physical ID cards with unique PhilSys number will be delivered house to house.

Bautista warned the public against individuals who offer to help in the registration for the national ID for a fee, stressing that the ID is being given to the public for free.

Meanwhile, in an advisory released on Sunday (June 13), the PSA informed the public that PhilSys registration centers in additional 212 cities/municipalities are now open for online appointment booking starting June 12.

From the initial 14 pilot cities/municipalities as of 24 May 2021, there is now a total of 226 cities/municipalities with available online appointment booking for Step 2 Registration, the advisory said.

Registrants in the additional cities and municipalities can now set their appointment schedules for Step 2 online as early as 18 June 2021.

The advisory further said that those who have completed Step 1 Registration through house-to-house demographic data collection need not register online and book the appointment.

The PSA or the respective local government units will provide them with updates for the schedule of their Step 2 Registration.

Latest information on PhilSys is available on its official website www.psa.gov.ph/philsys, Facebook page www.facebook.com/PSAPhilSysOfficial/, or via the PhilSys Registry Office hotline number 1388 and e-mail (info@philsys.gov.ph). —/mbmf

Over 4 million Filipinos jobless in April – PSA

Robie de Guzman   •   June 8, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – The number of jobless Filipinos in the country hit 8.7 percent in April, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Tuesday.

This translates to 4.14 million unemployed Filipinos for the month, the PSA said, adding that this is about the same level as the rate reported in the previous quarter or the data from January and February 2021.

Data from the PSA showed that unemployment rate in January was at 8.7 percent and 8.8 percent in February 2021.

It, however, noted that the latest unemployment rate is substantially lower than the record-high 17.6 percent in April last year but higher compared to the 7.1 percent posted in March 2021.

The agency also reported that the labor force participation rate (LFPR) in April 2021 was placed at 63.2 percent, translating to 47.41 million who are either employed or unemployed.

“This is higher than the LFPR in the same quarter last year at 55.7 percent but lower than the LFPR a month ago at 65.0 percent,” the PSA said in a statement.

“In terms of magnitude, there was a year-on-year increment of 6.35 million persons in the labor force from the 41.06 million in April 2020,” it added.

Underemployment rate, on the other hand, was recorded at 17.2 percent in April 2021, higher than the January 2021 estimate of 16.0 percent, the PSA said.

This translates to about 7.45 million underemployed persons in April 2021, up from 6.59 million in January 2021, it added.

The PSA said the imposition of lockdown restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic contributed to the unemployment rate in the Philippines.

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