Many Filipinos have been waiting for the start of the national ID implementation in our country. In fact, Davao overtook everyone and was the first to implement it. No worries because as per reports from the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), the national ID enrollment would begin somewhere around mid 2020.
What this basically means is that the 107 million Filipinos, which is the population of the country, would be able to have the national ID enrollment around the middle of next year.
Pilot test registration
As per the PSA, the pilot test registration of the national ID will run starting September 2019 until June 2021. Furthermore, they said that the first (1st) set of citizens punched into the system were people of the National Capital Region (NCR).
They continued to explain that they are currently on track; they’re sure that the system would be operational at its maximum level to begin the long-awaited mass registration for the Philippine National ID.
Dennis S. Mapa, National Statistician, and PSA Undersecretary said that they are more than confident that the enrollment of everyone is going to be completed by 2022.
We are on track to have the system fully operational and to start the mass registration by mid-2020, and complete the enrollment of the population by mid-2022.”
Processes of the pilot registration
The initial progress and process of the pilot registration would be the demographic capturing processes and the biometrics. After ensuring that the system is stable and secure, the expansion of operations can be expected to cover a specific set of groups from regions such as Calabarzon and Central Luzon.
In addition to that, the PSA mentioned that the pilot registration would also include processes like thoroughly skimming through relevant data for assurance that duplication is not going to happen; that the PhilSys numbers are going to be generated uniquely.
For those who are not aware, the PhilSys or national ID would contain the following information to ensure authenticity and uniqueness:
- Full Name of the individual
- PhilSys Unique Number
- Facial Image (Photo)
- Date of Birth
- Blood Type
- Permanent Address
Mapa noted that the PSA is witnessing the importance that the PhilSys needs thorough testing before it finally gets launched officially. He adds that he wishes to ensure that the processes are going to be efficient and effective.
The PSA sees the utmost importance for the PhilSys to first undergo a series of pilot testing before finally launching it to the public. We want to ensure that the processes are efficient, the systems are fully functional, and all information within the system is secure.”
When would the official national ID enrollment be?
Based on the timeline provided by the PSA, after successfully doing several pilot registration testings; and after ensuring that everything is in place and is efficient, the official national ID enrollment would be extended more and will finally be open to the public by Mid 2020—specifically, July 2020.
Filipinos who are overseas; including Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs), would be able to register starting the year 2021; mid 2021, to be specific.
Why is the National ID such a big deal?
The Philippine government is trying to expedite the process because they know that having a national ID is going to be effective, efficient, and safer for the public because presenting this ID would be sufficient in doing transactions with the Philippine government.
Furthermore, the PhilSys looks to connect and integrate government IDs by establishing an identification system in the country.
Mapa explained that the PSA is currently on the move to ensure that both the confidentiality and integrity of personal data are of utmost security. In fact, he mentioned that the PhilSys is a one-of-a-kind and comprehensive program that is built for high-security purposes.
Given that the PhilSys is a highly technical and complex program, we are pushing with multiple pilot testing to continuously improve the system and level up its security features before launching it to the public.”
What do you think about the back and forth decisions about the national ID enrollment schedule? Do you think that the PSA is doing a pretty good job of ensuring that the security of personal data of the 107 million Filipinos should be prioritized fully?
Hopefully, the pilot registration deems to be what they ought it to be; secure, confidential, efficient, and effective. Because when July opens next year, everyone is going to expect the national ID enrollment to take place.