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DILG: Pre-Registration for National ID System In the Philippines Starts in October

The pre-registration for the national ID will begin next month for easier distribution of government assistance, said the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Tuesday.

National ID System In Philippines – Majority To Be Enrolled By 2020

According to DILG spokesman and Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya, “In our last Philsys meeting, it was mentioned we will proceed to roll out of our pre-registration this first week of October. Tuloy tuloy na ito until we are able to initially register to 5 million pre-registrants and 5 million registrants at the end of the year,” he said during the #AskNEDA briefing online. He also emphasized that there would be a schedule for the enrollment.

Meanwhile, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Undersecretary Rosemarie Edillon explains that the pre-registration means they will be gathering the applicant’s information on social demographics.

National ID System In Philippines – Majority To Be Enrolled By 2020
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She also stated that the pre-registration will be conducted in 32 provinces with a low incidence of active COVID-19 cases to make sure that the infection will not worsen.

“With respect to 32 provinces, we are looking at those with low incidence or low number of active cases of COVID-19 because we want this initiative to be safe for the public for those who want people to register for PSA (Philippine Statistics Authority) personnel,” Edillon said.

Malaya identified the 32 provinces as:

Ilocos Sur
La Union
Pangasinan
Cagayan
Isabela
Bataan
Bulacan
Nueva Ecija
Pampanga
Tarlac
Zambales
Batangas
Cavite
Laguna
Quezon
Rizal
Albay,
Camarines Sur
Masbate
Antique
Capiz
Iloilo
Negros Occidental
Bohol
Cebu
Negros Oriental
Leyte
Compostela Valley
Davao del Norte
Davao del Sur
Davao Occidental
Tawi tawi

Back in 2018, President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys Act) or Republic Act No, 11055. This law aims to better facilitate and integrate an array of government IDs by establishing a single National ID system.

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