DAVAO CITY, Sept. 20 (PIA) - The Philippine Statistics Authority XI officer-in-charge Pepito Amoyen bared that making everyone understand and appreciate the importance of registration for a Philippine ID System is crucial to the mass registration scheduled to start on July 2020 and will end until 2022.
Speaking at the Kapihan sa PIA at NCCC today, the PSA official sought the help of the media in influencing the public and disseminating the information about the PhilSys.
PhilSys is the government's central identification platform for all citizen and resident aliens of the Philippines.
It is a foundational identification system to provide a valid proof of identity for all citizens and resident aliens as a means of simplifying public and private transactions; a social and economic platform which shall serve as the link in the promotion of seamless service delivery, enhancing administrative governance, reducing corruption, strengthening financial inclusion, and promoting ease of doing business.
Amoyen said PSA had its kick-off of the pilot registration last September 2, 2019 and it will end on June 2020.
"The pilot registration is intended for the government to test the system in preparation for the mass registration," he said.
The PSA XI started to hold pilot registration for selected employees of the PSA while the Davao Region is awaiting for the list of targeted pilot areas to be determined by the PSA Central Office.
Amoyen stressed that the PhilSys has the component of privacy inclusion, guided by the Data Privacy Act.
"The information of a person cannot easily be used or asked from us by anyone; unless ordered by the court," he added.
PhilSys registration does not just cover Filipino citizens but also those with dual or multiple citizenships and even resident aliens or those who are not citizens of the Philippines but have established residence in the Philippines for an aggregate period of more than one hundred eighty (180) days.
Upon registration, an individual gets a PhilSys Number (PSN) or a randomly generated, unique, and permanent identification number that will be assigned to every citizen or resident alien upon birth or registration by the PSA.
Amoyen said registration is free but if one seeks for another card after the lost of the first one, that will have a corresponding fee.
"It is important to keep in mind and memorize your PSN to easily retrieve your record if your card is lost," he said.
Registration would need the demographic data of an individual such as name, birthdate, birthplace among other and biometric information such as front facing photograph, full set of fingerprints, and iris scan.
The Philippine ID can then be used in all government transactions may be used to access social welfare and benefits granted by the government, tax-related transactions, opening of bank accounts, registration and voting purposes, among others. (PIA/Frances Mae Macapagat)