National IDs out soon

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

SPEAKER Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday welcomed the developments in the implementation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

Arroyo and the House Oversight Committee on Population and Family Relations was informed by the National Statistics Office (NSO) that they are ready to conduct the first batch of registration and issue the first IDs in September 2019.

“I am happy that it’s all systems go for the National ID system based on the timeline they have presented to us this morning,” Arroyo said.

Speaker Arroyo convened the House Oversight Committee hearing at the Bethel Guest House in Dumaguete City since its principal author Rep. Arnie Teves is from Negros Oriental.

Also in attendance were Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay, Teves, Reps. Lourdes Aggabao, Jocelyn Limchaikong and Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Remollo.

She said the Oversight Committee hearing is in furtherance of the other function of the House of Representatives to determine if the laws passed by Congress are properly implemented.

During the hearing, Atty. Lourdines Dela Cruz, Deputy National Statistician of the PSA, said that in compliance with RA 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, they will start the registration for the PhilSys this September targetting about 6 million individuals. Those that are eligible to register are Filipinos and resident aliens at least five years old.

Dela Cruz pointed out that the first to be registered are indigents, people with disabilities (PWDs) and government workers in several key areas of the country.

The information to be gathered for the PhilSys will include biometrics (thumbprint, iris and face scanning), full name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, address, and if one is a Filipino or a resident alien. Information about the marital status, mobile number and email address are optional.

After the registration, which is free of charge, the registrant will be given his/her permanent PhilSys Number. The corresponding card will be issued a few days later after the information is authenticated.

The card will serve as single identification system for all Filipino citizens and resident aliens and aims to eliminate the need to present other forms of identification when transacting with the government and private sector.

Dela Cruz pointed out that they are targeting that by 2022, they would have issued 100 million cards to Filipinos and resident aliens.