MORE THAN 8 million Filipinos have already received their national ID cards by the first week of March, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
The PSA said that as of March 4, 2022, a total of 8.176 million cards have been distributed to Filipinos who successfully enrolled in PhilSys Stages 1 and 2 in February 2022.
This represents 24.2% of the 2022 goal of issuing 33.8 million Philippine identity cards (PhilID). This is a higher target, as the PSA earlier said the goal was to deliver only 31.3 million PhilID cards this year.
“We at PSA, together with the Philippine Postal Corporation (post office) and the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas, are doing our best to accommodate the millions of Filipinos who have successfully enrolled in PhilSys Stages 1 and 2,” said Rosalinda, assistant secretary of PSA. P. Bautista, Assistant National Statistician at PhilSys Registrar.
The PSA reminds registrants who have received their PhilID and accompanying letter containing their PhilSys (PSN) number to refrain from posting it on social media to protect their personal information.
During this time, those awaiting delivery of their PhilID are encouraged to retain their transaction slip which, along with a valid ID, will be presented to the Philippine Postal Corporation staff issuing their PhilID card and PSN letter.
Additionally, the PSA is about to launch a mobile version of the PhilID as a digital alternative to the physical PhilID card to maximize the use of the PhilSys in digital transactions.
As of Feb. 4, Mapa said some 54.956 million Filipinos had already completed Stages 1 and 2 of the national ID card. Step 1 is providing demographic information while Step 2 is providing biometric data.
In February, some 6.304 million Filipinos received their national identity cards and 7.351 million opened bank accounts with LandBank.
Unbanked Filipinos who register for the national ID card can open LandBank accounts in Step 2 when they submit their biometric information, including fingerprints and iris scans.
As of December 11, 2021, the PSA has registered 50.014 million Filipinos with the collection of demographic and biometric data, exceeding its target.