Baguio City, Philippines – Seventy-seven local government units (LGUs) in the Cordillera are working on preparations for the full implementation of the national ID registration in their respective areas which involve coordinating city, municipal and barangay-level meetings for briefings and discussions on Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) operations, as well as identify locations for registration centers, waiting areas, and temporary storage facilities.
According to Department of Interior and Local Government-Cordillera, 27 LGUs are from Abra, seven in Apayao, 14 in Benguet, including Baguio City, 11 in Ifugao, eight in Kalinga, and 10 in Mountain Province.
These LGUs partnered with Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which spearheads the project.
Statistician 1 Allan Franco Ocal of Department of DILG-CAR said that LGUs are mandated to prepare resources needed during the conduct of the pre-registration and registration activities, covering registration areas, electrical supplies, registration kit storage areas, physical security, and crowd control.
“The LGUs will also provide logistical support such as providing back-up vehicles for the deployment of registration teams and kits, provision of additional chairs and tables, waste management and sanitation services,” Ocal said.
The conduct of national ID registration is mandated through Republic Act No. 11055 otherwise known as the Philippine Identification System Act, which was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018 which aims to provide a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens in the country as an official proof of identity in all government and even private transactions.
Steps of the registration process
PSA Chief Administrative Officer Adrian Cerezo informed that registration for the national ID can now be done online as digital registration begins April 30.
Applicants, he said, can go to the online portal for the Step 1 registration process. Registrants are to provide personal information which include their full name, date of birth, place of birth, sex, permanent and present address, blood type, mobile number, marital status and email address.
Step 2 registration shall be conducted in assigned registration centers. Step 2 of the registration involves the capturing of biometrics, front-facing image of the applicant and registration of iris scan of individuals.
Cerezo stressed that health protocols must be strictly enforced by the LGUs particularly on the Step2 stage to control possible virus transmission.
After going through said steps, recipients could get their national IDs following validation to be done by the PhilSys Registry Office.
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