Registration for nat’l ID starts in March

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The government will start the registration for the national ID in March 2019 starting with the one million individuals enrolled in the Unconditional Cash Transfers program.

The registration of the cash transfer recipients will be followed by the registration of 25 million Filipinos around September, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) head Lisa Grace Bersales told reporters on Friday, according to PNA.

Citizens who do not have any government-issued ID, including the poor who are beneficiaries of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), indigenous people, persons with disabilities, and senior citizens, will be enrolled first, said Bersales.

The PSA will publish the implementing rules and regulations of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act on Saturday, she added.

The PhilSys Act or Republic Act No. 11055 creates a central identification platform and database for all citizens and resident foreigners in the Philippines with PSA as the primary implementing agency.

PSA will announce the opening of bid procurement for the national ID system by the third week of October, according to Bersales.

“We will publish the technical specifications. We hope that by December, we will already be able to finish the procurement. This means we will have already awarded the PhilSys,” she said.

Bersales said PSA will conduct a competitive bidding process for procurement.

“If we do competitive bidding, we will be able to manage our timeline of procuring the system and awarding it before the yearend,” she said.

Under the law, the Philippine lD will contain the registrant’s biometric information, along with seven demographic data such as full name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, address, nationality, and three optional information specifically marital status, mobile number, and email address.

The PhilSys Act requires this personal information be kept in a resilient data system to ensure that the people’s right to privacy, confidentiality and other basic rights, such as those guaranteed by the Data Privacy Act of 2012, are upheld.

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