MANILA, Philippines — Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua has invited the youth sector to actively participate and register for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).
In a statement, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief said this will give way for the young people “to contribute solutions to accelerate the growth of the digital economy in the country.”
“Ang ating karanasan sa gitna ng pandemya ay nagbigay-diin sa kahalagahan ng ligtas, mabisa, at inklusibong banking at social services, lalo na para sa mga mahihirap,” Chua said during the 2021 BSP Youth Summit organized by the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas with the theme “Ibangon natin ang ekonomiya, i-digital mo na!” on July 9, 2021.
“Bago matapos ang taong 2021, target natin na mai-rehistro ang 50 to 70 million Filipinos sa PhilSys. Ito ay magbibigay-daan para sa malawakang paggamit ng electronic payments na magpapalago sa ating digital economy,” he added.
Chua also emphasized that PhilSys has the potential to be one of the most game-changing reforms of the country, adding that the system “can drastically improve the delivery of government services and make systems more resilient against future crises.”
“Lubos akong naniniwala sa potensyal ng PhilSys na maging isa sa mga pinaka-makabuluhang reporma sa ating bansa. Pangmatagalan at malawakan ang benepisyo nito dahil kaya nitong paghusayin ang serbisyong-publiko at pagtibayin ang ating sistema laban sa mga darating na krisis na maaari pa nating harapin,” Chua said.
Chua also invited the young registrants to assist their family and friends, especially their elders, in registering for the national ID online.
The NEDA chief also encouraged the young minds to consider joining the government to implement their ideas on financial inclusion and digital transformation.
In its report as of July 2, the Philippine Statistics Authority said that around 37.2 million individuals have been registered for step 1 or the demographic data collection, while around 16.2 million individuals have completed their step 2 registration or biometrics capture.
Meanwhile, 343,742 registrants have already received their PhilID cards, the report added.
The latest information on PhilSys online registration is available on its official website or Facebook page. The PhilSys Registry Office may be reached via its hotline number 1388 or e-mail at email@example.com.