The Philippines Statistics Authority or PSA announced that the Philippine Identification System or PhilSys will open registration and release of the Identification Card starting September of this year (2019). For the initial batch of the National ID System, around six million Filipino can take part in the registration and release. This was according to Speaker Gloria Macapagal- Arroyo who leads the oversight committee hearing of the House of the Representatives. The announcement was declared last Tuesday, March 14 inside the Bethel House, Dumaguete City.
PSA Deputy National Statistician, Lourdines dela Cruz told the Solon and the panel that the Philippine Identification System Act or Republic Act No. 11055 that it will take effect this September. Dela Cruz added that they will release 120 million cards to Filipino citizens and residents by the year 2022. The single Identification Card System is open for application from Filipino and resident aliens ages 5 years old and above. They will also prioritize People with Disabilities or PWDs, Indigents, and government workers.
Applicants of the new National ID system needs to fill-up a form about their personal information such as full name, address, date of birth, place of birth, blood type and nationality (resident Filipino or resident alien). They also need to give other details like their civil status, mobile phone number, and email addresses. The process of application starts with free registration. The applicants will get their permanent PhilSys Number after they have registered. They can then get their cards after a few days.
Rep. Arroyo exclaimed how satisfied she is with the result of the proposed National ID System. She added that she is happy that it is ‘all system go’ for the Republic Act. The panel was joined by Representatives Arnulfo Teves, Jocelyn Lumchaikong, Lourdes Aggabao, Prospero Pichy, and Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Romollo.