The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said on Tuesday that the government had delayed the rollout of public online registration for Stage 1 of the Philippines Identification System (PhilSys).
National statistician Claire Dennis S. Mapa told BusinessMirror that the public could start signing up for stage 1 of the national ID starting April 30. The original plan was to allow the public to begin Stage 1 registration online in March.
Step 1 involves obtaining demographic information and scheduling the household appointments from Step 2. Currently, this step is carried out manually by PSA through enumerators circulating in areas with a low number of Covid-19 cases.
“The online check-in system is currently undergoing a security audit by our security consultants. We want to make sure that we have a secure system before we go into step 1 online check-in, ”Mapa told BusinessMirror on Tuesday.
Mapa said this did not affect the number of households registered under Stage 1. He said as of April 11, Stage 1 door-to-door registration reached 18.28 million. of people.
He said that in the first quarter alone, some 17.34 million Filipinos were registered, surpassing the target of 14.9 million for the January-March period by 2.44 million.
For Stage 2, which covers the capture of biometric data, Mapa said 3.28 million registrants were registered as of April 11.
“The card personalization quality assurance test is also underway at BSP [Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas] East Avenue complex. Once authorized, we will have the printing of the cards to be delivered to the registrants, ”Mapa said.
Step 2 Registration, on the other hand, includes validating supporting documents and capturing biometric information, such as fingerprints, iris scans and face photographs at registration centers as scheduled. you registered, is currently taking place in 32 priorities. provinces.
PSA intends to scale up operations for the PhilSys Stage 2 registration in a phased and small-scale manner. As of February 23, all priority provinces have at least one registration center in operation.
The registration of step 3, as the third and final step, is the issuance of the PhilSys number (PSN) and the physical identification or PhilID.
The PSN is a randomly generated number and will serve as the permanent identification number for each registrant used for digital transactions.
PSA partnered with PHLPost for the delivery of PSN and PhilID to successful registrants.
The National Authority for Economy and Development (Neda) has said PhilSys, or the National Identification Program, will be “instrumental” for the development of the country’s human capital amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Acting Socio-Economic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick T. Chua recently said that the national ID card would have three use cases such as emergency grants; strengthen financial inclusion; and facilitate efficient distribution of vaccines to the general population.
“The Covid-19 pandemic revealed several institutional weaknesses, including the difficulty in identifying beneficiaries of social programs and the lack of bank accounts for efficient distribution of grants. In view of this, the President gave the directive to accelerate the implementation of PhilSys. We aim to register 50 to 70 million people by the end of the year, ”said Chua.
Neda chief explained that the government has put in place a three-step registration process to safely deploy PhilSys amid the pandemic and meet social distancing requirements.
According to the 2019 Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas Financial Inclusion Survey, 51.2 million Filipinos, or 71% of the total adult population, do not have a bank account. The same survey found that the lack of documentary requirements contributes to the reasons why most Filipinos are unbanked.