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.”