The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) has announced the opening of registrations for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), which officially starts today (April 30).
NEDA’s Chief Karl Chua said they aim to start the enrolment process for the national ID on a smaller scale.
“We will start small on April 30,” he told Inquirer.
Alongside the opening of registrations, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) launched the dedicated online portal for the national ID enrolment.
The first step will see applicants input their personal information through the website, which also entails scheduling an appointment at a center for the second step – wherein biometrics will be taken.
After the initial steps, PhilSys Number (PSN) and Philippine Identification Card (PhilID card) will be issued in the next phase.
The national ID initiative, more popularly known as the Philippine Identification System Act, was signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte back in 2018. It aims to create a unified identification system for Filipinos and its resident aliens, which will simplify transactions – be it public or private.
Apart from this, it’s set to streamline government services as people would only need to present their PhilSys ID for transactions.
At the moment, 28 million people in the Philippines have accomplished the first step of the ID process – since its door-to-door rollout back in October of 2020. Out of this population, 4.6 million individuals have completed the second step.
With the introduction of the portal, the PSA is targeting the registration of at least 70 million Filipinos by the end of the year.
The registration for the PhilSys ID is free for all Filipinos.
The list of steps for the PhilSys ID registration is made available to you below.