Acting Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua on Thursday said the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is targeting to register 90 million Filipinos in the government’s national ID program before the Duterte administration completes its six-year term on June 30, 2022.
The National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) chief disclosed this during the virtual hearing of the Senate committee on finance on the agency’s proposed P11.17-billion budget for next year.
Chua said PSA is planning to be able to register 90 million Filipinos—from age five years and above—in the national ID system.
According to him, the original plan was to make the national ID available by the end of the calendar year, but the government is trying to deliver it before the President’s term ends.
Responding to a question of Senate minority leader Franklin Drilon, he told senators that the national ID—which eventually will be a digital one—is envisioned to provide bank accounts to 14.8 million families.
But for this year, Chua said the PSA will pre-register nine million Filipinos first, with the end-goal of registering five million from low-income households in the system by end of 2020.
In 2021, the PSA is targeting to register 45 million Filipinos, including 10 million low-income household families, in the first semester of 2021.
Claire Dennis Mapa, National Statistician, said the PSA will conduct the pre-registration in 32 provinces that have been identified by the government task force to be low-risk to COVID-19.
Mapa said this is to protect the registrant and the registration officers and to minimize crowding, queueing and lessen the time spent in registration centers.
“We will go house-to-house to conduct first the pre-registration, to collect the demographic information and then we will set an appointment system so that the registrant will be going to our mobile registration centers on a specific day and specific hour,” Mapa said.