The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) assures the public that the registration to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) is safe and secure, as more registrants undergo the Step 2 Registration, following the Step 1 PhilSys registration last October 2020.
One of the registrants said, “From the time na dumating ako dito, organized, tapos naka-face shield, naka-mask, and mabilis lang naman ang pila, tapos may social distancing din, so all good. Sa iris scan, maganda kasi mabilis, tapos di rin nag-error ang mga system. Tapos smooth din yung transition ng nagbabantay para sa scanning.”
[From the time I arrived, (it is) organized. You need to wear a face shield, face mask and staying in line did not take too long. There is also social distancing, so it was all good. The Iris scan was fast. I did not experience any error with the system. The transition for those who were assisting in scanning was all smooth.]
The Step 2 Registration for PhilSys involves validation of demographic information and capture of biometric information. It was first conducted in San Pablo, Laguna in January this year. The rest of the 32 select provinces have also begun the Step 2 Registration on a gradual and small-scale basis.
Registration centers consistently implement the minimum health standards imposed by the Inter-Agency Task Force for the Management of Emerging Infectious Diseases (IATF-MEID) to secure the safety of the registrants. This includes health checks prior to entering the registration proper, social distancing, and wearing of face masks and face shields.
Batangas registrant, Hazel Torio, remarked on the regular sanitation of the registration equipment utilized by the registrants and registration staff. “Sobra pong bilis, tapos safe po siya. Lahat po ng mga pinagamit nila sa akin, safe po, in-alcohol po muna nila ‘yun bago gamitin.”
[It was really fast and safe. Everything that I used, from the printing materials, were safe to use. They sanitized the materials with alcohol before they let me use them.]
Private driver and registrant Denis Adan also lauded the smooth registration process. “Ang bilis ng kanilang proseso. Kadali ng kanilang mga fingerprints, mga pirma-pirma, okay lang po saglit lang. Siguro natapos po ako mga 10 minutes lang, tapos na, okay na po.”
[Their process was fast. The (capturing of) fingerprints was easy, (as well as the) signing (of documents) – it took little time. I was finished in maybe 10 minutes and it was okay.]
Elizabeth Realo, unemployed and a registrant from Subic, Zambales, shared her experience in the registration and how important it is for her. “Okay lang naman (ang karanasan). Hindi naman po (nahirapan). Napakahalaga po nito kasi kailangan mo ito kahit saan, pwede gamitin.”
[My experience was okay. I did not experience anything complicated. This is very important because you may use it anywhere you go.]
The Step 2 Registration is followed by the Step 3 Registration which is the issuance of PhilSys Number (PSN) and the PhilID. PSA partnered with PHLPost for the delivery of PSN and PhilID to successful registrants.
For the latest information on PhilSys, please visit the official PhilSys website (www.psa.gov.ph/philsys) or Facebook page (www.facebook.com/PSAPhilSysOfficial/). You may also reach the PhilSys Registry Office via hotline number 1388 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
– PhilSys Registry Office