The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Thursday it is amplifying efforts to register Filipinos residing in far-flung areas to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).
Called PhilSys on Wheels, PhilSys personnel utilize vehicles with registration kits to reach Filipinos in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).
PhilSys personnel conducted a two-day mobile registration activity in Barangay Minsubong in Tangub City in Misamis Occidental, despite the muddy and slippery roads caused by rain.
The initiative is part of the province’s strategy to conduct registration activities per purok to register more local residents. About 57 residents were able to register to PhilSys, including senior citizens and children.
Mobile registration via a tricycle was set up in Barangay Gugo in Samal, a 30-minute ride away from the provincial capital, Balanga, Bataan.
The registration activity is a follow up to a previous visit by PhilSys personnel in the area.
“Through these registration efforts, similarly conducted in various parts of the country, the PSA was able to successfully register 80,714,673 Filipinos as of 15 September 2023,” the PSA said.
“We thank our kababayans for welcoming PhilSys personnel into their communities and participating in our registration initiatives,” said PSA Undersecretary Claire Dennis Mapa.
“As the PSA continues to mount mobile registration activities, we urge all Filipinos to register to PhilSys and join us as we work towards a Makabagong Pilipinas,”he said.
The PSA said it was also speeding up PhilID printing and delivery with its continuous collaboration with partners Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) and Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost).
PhilSys field personnel are also proactively distributing both PhilIDs and ePhilIDs.
The PSA said that as of Sept. 15, 46,072,583 PhilIDs were dispatched for delivery—including 39,656,331 that were distributed.
It said 42,309,613 ePhilIDs, both printed and downloaded, were issued. Both the PhilID and ePhilID can be used as valid proof of identity and age in transactions in government offices and private establishments.