PSA says national ID registration faster than expected

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is optimistic that it will exceed its target of registering nine million Filipinos in Step 1 of the National ID.

National Statistician Claire Dennis S. Mapa told BusinessMirror that Step 1 of the National ID registration is moving faster than expected and that exceeding the target was “most likely.”

Mapa said as of October 20, the 8th day of the National ID registration, the PSA was able to collect the demographic information of 1.058 Filipinos, overshooting its target by 148.8 percent for the period.

“Yes we are on track. The registration process is faster than expected. (There’s) lots of excitement on the ground,” Mapa told BusinessMirror.

“We are targeting 9 million until December 2020 and as of now we are on track to reach it. We are getting updates from our field offices daily related to the registration operations and will provide the public with regular updates,” he added.

Step 1 of the National ID process will involve capturing the demographic information of Filipinos and logging in to the appointment system need for Step 2.

The Step 2 of the three-step National ID process involves the validation of documents and capture of biometric information of Filipinos.

Biometric information includes finger printing and iris scans which will require registrants to physically present in PhilSys registration centers.

However, as of October 22, Mapa said the PSA has yet to start the Step 2 registration process for the National ID.

Based on PSA data, Step 1 of the registration has reached 28 out of the 32 provinces targeted while the total registrants represented 10.7 percent of the December 2020 target.

The data also showed of the total registrants for Step 1, 87.5 percent are unbanked and 89.4 percent had mobile numbers.

On October 20 alone, the PSA completed Step 1 registrations for 138,918 Filipinos representing 134.1 percent of the target for the day.

In terms of age, 420,264 Filipinos were between 20 to 39 years old. This is composed of 230,820 males and 189,444 females.

In terms for the 40 to 59 years old, there were a total of 401,004. This is composed of 209,463 males and 191,541 females.

For the 60 years old and up, the PSA were able to obtain the demographic information of 200,916 Filipinos. This is composed of 112,260 males and 88,656 females.

In terms of deployment of enumerators, the PSA said it was able to field 82.1 percent of its enumerators. Each enumerator was able to register 41 Filipinos.

The average registration time per registrant was 5.4 minutes and the average total transaction time per registration was 10.7 minutes.


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