In compliance with the Republic Act No. 11055, the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act established in 2018 which aims to provide a single national ID system that consolidates all necessary information of every Filipino, the registration for the national ID shall begin on the 12th of October 2020. It was first scheduled earlier for the month of July but was postponed due to the unprecedented pandemic.
The national ID which shall contain the PhilSys number, full name, facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address of the concerned individual, bears the following essential advantages:
- Services more accessible to all;
- Facilitate ease of doing business;
- Reduce fraud;
- Promote digital government and digital economy; and
- Empower Filipinos in controlling their personal data.
Priority Provinces for the National ID Registration
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), in coordination with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG), had earlier announced that low-income households from the following provinces should be the priority of the national ID for the more convenient disbursement of cash assistance:
- Region I – Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan;
- Region II – Cagayan, Isabela;
- Region III – Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales;
- Region IV-A – Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal;
- Region V – Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate;
- Region VI – Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental;
- Region VII – Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental;
- Region VIII – Leyte;
- Region IX – Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental; and
- BARMM – Tawi-Tawi.
Step 1 of the registration for the national ID, which starts on October 12 includes gathering of the demographic information of the registrants. Using the data gathered from the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) program, Listahanan, PSA shall:
- Visit the homes of the target families;
- Gather necessary information; and
- Schedule (date and time) the individuals’ visit to the national ID mobile registration centers located at the designated Local Government Units (LGUs).
While every priority household shall be visited by a PSA representative, the registration for the national ID is not required, but highly encouraged. An individual may opt to register for the ID or not. Moreover, during the conduction of step 1, proper guidelines and protocols against the spread of Covid-19 shall be closely administered such as physical distancing, wearing of face masks, and sanitizing.
Step 2 of the registration will be on the 25th of November 2020. It includes gathering biometric information such as fingerprints, iris scan, and photographs. It will be done at the designated registration centers at the scheduled time and date.
PSA and DILG target to register around five million individuals within the year.