Nat’l ID registration starts in Bacolod

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The registration for the National ID System has formally started in Bacolod with the registration taking place at Rizal Elementary School from Mondays through Saturday.

According to Provincial Chief Statistical Specialist Luis Gonzales of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) – Negros Occidental they are currently catering individuals who are 15 years old and above.

The ongoing registration is already “Step 2” of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration process where supporting documents are validated and biometric information of registrants are captured.

The “Step 1″ was conducted last year through a house-to-house interview where data collectors captured personal information. An appointment slip for Step 2 was then issued to each interviewee.

Gonzales said that for Step 1 in Bacolod, the PSA prioritized members of some low-income families included in the list furnished by the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD).

“In our Step 1, we already catered even to those small children (below 15 years old),” Gonzales added.

The PSA has made significant progress in the last quarter of 2020 with over 8.4 million Filipinos completing the PhilSys Step 1 Registration.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia has registered with the PhilSys Step 2 Thursday, March 18, together with some City Hall executives, including City Legal Officer Atty. Joselito Bayatan, Secretary to the Mayor Atty. Edward Joseph Cuansing, Supervising and Administrative Officer Federico Guanzon Jr., and PESO-Bacolod head Ma. Rebecca Balicas.

Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia registered with the PhilSys Step 2 Thursday, March 18, together with some City Hall executives, at the Rizal Elementary School.

Republic Act 11055, or the “Philippine Identification System Act,” aims to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens in the Philippines.

Aside from providing a valid proof of identity, establishing a single Philippine Identification System would help transform and streamline the delivery of services, resulting to easier access to and application for social welfare programs and benefits from the government.

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