Over 10 million Filipinos were able to complete their Step 2 National ID registration, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).
PSA said a total of 10.09 million Filipinos completed their Step 2 registrations in provinces nationwide as of May 21. Step 2 involves the collection of biometric information at registration centers.
Under Step 2, PhilSys captures registrant’s biometric information such as their iris scan, fingerprint scan, and front-facing photograph and the validation of information at their local registration centers.
“We owe this milestone to the enthusiasm and support of our citizens to the PhilSys program and the hard work of the PSA Field Offices in making sure that registration operations roll out smoothly and safely in their respective provinces. We assure everyone that all will have a chance to register, especially when we ramp up our operations by the latter half of the year,” Deputy National Statistician of PhilSys Registry Office of the PSA Rosalinda P. Bautista said in a news statement.
The 10.09 million Filipinos who have already completed their Step 2 Registration only need to wait for Step 3 Registration or the delivery of their physical PhilID card and unique PhilSys Number (PSN) at their chosen address.
The PSA reported that over 100,000 PhilIDs were already distributed by Philippine Postal Corp., the official delivery partner, to successful registrants as of May, 15, 2021.
PSA started Step 2 Registration in January this year on a gradual, small-scale basis for an efficient and managed process to ensure the health and safety of both registrants and registration staff amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
The rollout of Step 2 registration will soon be available in all provinces nationwide in partnership with local government units, with strict adherence to Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF) guidelines on health and safety.
In line with its goals of financial inclusion, the PhilSys also partnered with the Land Bank of the Philippines through a co-location for registrants to easily open bank accounts immediately after their Step 2 Registration.
In accordance with Section 12 of Republic Act 11055 or the PhilSys Act, the PSA enjoined government agencies and businesses to recognize the PhilID as valid proof of identity when used by the transacting public.