After the many rescheduling moments of the Philippine Identification System’s (PhilSys’s) registration, the time has come. The Philippine Statistics Authority, more commonly known as the PSA, said that the registration of PhilSys in provinces is set tomorrow, the 18th of January, 2021.
Rosalinda Bautista, the Deputy National Statistician and PSA Assistant Secretary said that her agency will be rolling out the first (1st) phase of the PhilSys registration in different provinces in the country.
Beginning next week January 18, magkakaroon uli kami ng another Step 1 [registration], but now, including all provinces. For the whole year of 2021, we are committed to complete the registration of about 50 to 70 million Filipinos.”
In Translation: Beginning next week, January 18, 2021, we will have a new step (registration). But now, we will include all provinces. For the entire year of 2021, we are committed to complete the registration of PhilSys of about 50 to 70 million Filipinos.
What are the Steps of Obtaining a National ID?
To give you a bit of a refresher, the three (3) main steps of getting the Philippine National ID includes:
This is the phase where the PSA would be going house-to-house. They’ll collect the demographic of households with low income, and they’ll be visiting a couple of provinces.
You can check here to find out more about which provinces they’ll visit; also, to help you be safe against the PhilSys Scam.
The registration is the phase where people would submit supporting documents.
Furthermore, it’s also the step wherein they’ll capture the biometric information of the registrants.
Issuance of the Philippine National ID
Lastly, the most awaited step of all – the issuance of the Philippine National ID. This is the part where all registrants will be receiving their respective IDs.
Since most provinces in the country aren’t well-informed about how the internet works, they might face problems in pre-registration.
This is the reason why the PSA decided to make a move and bring registration (step 2) to provinces.
Step 2 – Registration
We now know what is involved in the registration phase; but how can the PSA pull this off?
According to some news, the PSA already opened a couple of registration centers. This is to be able to accommodate the 2nd step or the registration process.
They were able to build and establish this in San Pablo City, Laguna.
What’s good about it is the fact that there already are 200 registrants given their Personal Serial Number or their PSN.
When Will the Mass Rollout Be?
As per Bautista, the mass rollout of the registration period or the 2nd step might begin and happen next month, February 2021.
Prior to their plans of bringing the registration of PhilSys in provinces, they initially began the pre-registration in low-income, targeted areas.
Moreover, Bautista said that they were successful in pre-registering about 10.5 million Filipinos who belonged to that class.
They were able to identify these people from the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD’s) Listahan.
Are OFWs Going to be Included?
Since it will be the PSA’s duty to bring pre-registration and registration of PhilSys in provinces, would Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) be included?
Bautista said that the PSA is currently wrapping up plans on registering these OFWs.
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Furthermore, included in the list would be Filipinos who are living abroad (those with dual citizenship).
We will do a plan to do a pilot of the registration of overseas Filipinos in 2021. ‘Wag po sana kayo mainip at ang gusto po sana namin na sigurado maayos at safe ‘yung inyong data para po sa generation of the national ID.”
In Translation: Please don’t get bored because we want to make sure that your data is safe; this is for us to generate the National ID properly.
Are Our Information Really Secure?
Meanwhile, a lot of Filipinos still have questions about safety and security of their data.
While we were able to discuss this, a lot of people still find it unclear.
Bautista said that the Philippine government was able to adopt a complex protective system. It’s designed for data protection purposes and will never be compromised.
As a matter of fact, Bautista said that the DICT (Department of Information and Communications Technology); along with other security departments; is looking at the processes.
The Department of Information and Technology, the National Privacy Commission, and the National Security Council are looking into all of these processes.”
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Source: The Philippine News Agency