Filipinos to have National ID as Duterte signs bill into law

Marje Pelayo   •   August 6, 2018   •   12356

MANILA, Philippines – Each Filipino citizen and resident alien of the country will soon be provided with a unique personal number as a valid proof of identity.

President Rodrigo Duterte is expected to sign the Philippine National ID System (PhilSys) on Monday (August 6).

The measure aims to provide means of simplifying public and private transactions as Filipinos would not need to present other forms of identification, subject to appropriate authentication measures based on a biometric identification system.

The proposed Philippine ID shall contain the holder’s PhilSys number, full name, sex, blood type, marital status (optional), place of birth, photograph, date of birth and address.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the main implementing agency of the measure, shall randomly generate a unique and permanent identification number that will be assigned to every citizen or resident alien upon birth or registration.

The ID shall contain a QR code which contains fingerprint information, iris scan, and other security measures.

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque in a statement Monday (August 6) said that through the National ID system, the government expects “to improve efficiency and transparency of public services and promote ease of doing business.”

“The Palace is pleased that millions of Filipinos will soon enjoy the benefits of the Philippine Identification System Act…This streamlining of information makes it likewise harder to commit identity theft or fraud,” Roque concluded.

President Duterte will have the ceremonial signing of the Philippine Identification System Act in Malacañang coinciding with the presentation of Republic Act 11054 or the Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL). – Rosalie Coz / Marje Pelayo

Marriage stats down by 50% in 2020 – PSA

Marje Pelayo   •   April 23, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported that the number of marriages in the country dropped by 50 percent since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Based on records, the number of marriages registered in PSA last year was only 217,336 as compared to the number of registered marriages in 2019 which is 431,972.

The top five cities with the most number of marriages include Quezon City (8,956); Manila (5,356); Caloocan City (3,416); Davao (2,018); Cagayan de Oro (2,007).

Meanwhile, the provinces with the highest number of marriages registered in 2020 include Cavite (8,101); Pangasinan (7,853); Batangas (7,611); Bulacan (6,903); and Cebu (6,567).

PSA warns against fake National ID processing services online

Marje Pelayo   •   December 29, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) warns the public against groups or individuals offering to assist in the processing of PhilSys ID or the national ID with corresponding fees.

The PSA has received reports that a certain Facebook  group named ‘Philippine National ID (News & Information),’ and an individual using the name ‘Calvin Processings’ are offering such services online.

According to PSA, the PhilSys registration for the national ID is free and any posts or offers that are asking for payments for processing are fake.

The agency reminds that PhilSys registration has three steps set by the government:

Step 1 – Registration, or the collection of demographic data and setting the appointment

Step 2 – Capturing the fingerprints and iris scans of the registrants

Step 3 – Issuance of PhilSys Numbers (PSNs) and physical IDs

The agency noted that Step 1 has already commenced and PSA registration officers are going house-to-house to collect demographic information of a select sample of low-income household heads from 32 priority provinces.

Registration for PhilSys will be officially open to the public in 2021.

The Agency also warned the public that the unauthorized issuance and use of the PhilSys ID is punishable by law, with 6 years imprisonment and a fine of P1-3 million according to the Implementing Rules and Regulation (IRR) of  R.A. No. 11055 or Philippine Identification System Act.

Any illegal activities concerning the PhilSys ID system can be reported through the PhilSys Facebook page or through hotline numbers 1388.

National ID step 2 registration to resume Jan. 4

Marje Pelayo   •   December 14, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) announced that the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Step 2 Registration will resume on January 4, 2021.

Step 2 Registration is the validation of supporting documents and capturing of biometric information at registration centers.

Step 1 Registration was conducted from Oct. 12 to Nov. 25 nationwide.

The PSA claimed significant progress after recording more than 8.4 million Filipinos completing Step 1 Registration.

In a statement, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General and Undersecretary Dennis Mapa said the PSA will also release an official advisory on hired and trained enumerators for Step 2 Registration.

The official added that they will continue Step 1 Registration activities until it is safe for registrants to proceed with Step 2 Registration.

“The PSA wants to ensure that we deliver a safe, secure, and seamless PhilSys registration experience to the Filipino people. We encourage all Filipinos to participate once we open the registration activities to the public,” he said.

For inquiries and questions, the PSA encourages the public to send message through email at info@philsys.gov.ph or to the agency’s official Facebook page.

The agency may also be reached through its hotline number 1388 or via text at 0915-941-5680.

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