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Leyte exceeds target in nat’l ID pre-registration

TACLOBAN CITY (PNA) – Leyte, one of the pilot provinces in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration, has exceeded its target by 2.2 percent enumerating a total of 640,203 individuals, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reported on Friday, January 29.

Wilma Perante, PSA Eastern Visayas head, said the regional office rolled out the first phase of the registration in the last quarter of 2020 with an initial target of 626,294 prioritizing adults from poor households.

“We are happy to announce that we exceeded our target and we owe this to the households and our government partners who supported and helped us in the smooth conduct of the PhilSys registration despite the challenges amid the pandemic,” she said in a virtual press briefing.

The first step is pre-registration that involves the house-to-house interview of pre-identified household heads to get their demographic information and schedule a date for them to visit the registration center.

Perante said the regional office would start the gradual rollout of the second step on February 2, which involves biometrics capturing of the pre-registered individuals in designated registration centers.

“We have been conducting trainings since it is our first time to use the system and for now, we will roll out the next phase of the registration process in selected areas in Tacloban City. We will notify them through a text message, so we remind the public to regularly check your mobile phones for the schedule,” she added.

Signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018, Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act, aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.

Those registered with PhilSys will get a Philippine identification card, which contains a quick response (QR) code with the owner’s two fingerprint data and a unique 12-digit identification number called the PhilSys number assigned upon birth or registration to the PhilSys.

The national ID system seeks to achieve a more efficient distribution of government aid to low-income households, easier and faster access to government services, easier transactions, and applications to anything requiring a government-issued proof of identity. On January 18, the PSA regional office here has resumed the PhilSys registration covering all cities and towns.

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