The registration of an initial nine million Filipinos under the national ID system has started.
Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua said the government has sufficient budget to begin the registration this year.
“And we are waiting for additional budget, which we have submitted so that we can begin the preparation right now to continue the registration next year,” he said.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) targets to conduct the registration under the Philippine Identification System (Philsys), initially in 32 provinces that are considered low-risk areas for coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19). These provinces have been selected based on the location of the bottom 40 percent of poor families in the country.
Of the nine million individuals to be included in the initial batch of national ID registrants, five million are low-income household heads while the rest are adult household members.
The demographic data that will be asked by the survey enumerators include full name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, permanent and present address, and whether the registrant is a Filipino or a resident alien. Optional questions are marital status, mobile number and e-mail address.