All systems go for nat’l ID system

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It’s all systems go for the country’s system which initially targets to targets to register some nine million Filipinos for its first batch.

Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said NEDA has sufficient funds to start start initial registration this year. “We are waiting for additional budget, which we have submitted so we can begin the preparation now and continue it next year,” he said in a recent virtual briefing kicking off the program.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will undertake the registration under the Philippine Identification System (Philsys), initially in 32 provinces considered low-risk Covid-19 areas. The provinces were selected based on the location of the bottom 40 percent of poor families in the country.

Of the nine million individuals initially targeted, five million are low-income household heads while the rest are adult household members.

The demographic data PSA enumerators will seek include  full name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, permanent and present address, and nationality (whether  Filipino or resident alien). They may also gather optional data like marital status, mobile number, and e-mail address.

The program seeks to establish a fundamental ID system in the country and eliminate the need for lots of IDs from various government agencies, enhance the disbursement of subsidies and social protection aid from government, and increase financial inclusion and deepening, among others. It costs about P27.8 billion

Chua said the government targets to provide about 92 million Filipinos with national IDs by end-June 2022. In the same briefing, National Statistician Dennis Mapa said they selected the initial batch of provinces to be surveyed to ensure the safety of both the survey enumerators and the registrants.

Mapa said the registration of all households will be made starting January 2021 through the help of partner-agencies, local government units, and other stakeholders.

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