PSA completes biometrics registration of 20M Filipinos

Published July 28, 2021, 5:24 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

PhilID (Philippine Statistics Authority)

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Wednesday, July 28, said that over 20 million registrants have completed the Step 2 registration of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

As of July 23, PSA said a total of 20,724,895 Filipinos had their biometric information captured and demographic information verified at designated registration centers nationwide.

“Reaching 20 million registrations for Step 2 this July means we are on track with our 2021 target of 50 to 70 million Filipinos registered for PhilSys. Given this pace, we are confident that by the end of the year, this target will be met. Despite the limitations brought by the pandemic, we are thankful for the unwavering support of Filipinos to PhilSys and their continued excitement to register,” PSA Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa said in a statement.

The appointment booking for Step 2 registration through the online Step 1 portal is currently available in 14 out of 17 cities and municipalities in Metro Manila and 377 cities and municipalities across 31 provinces nationwide.

The PSA said that more locations will be added as it expands its operations for this step to accommodate more Filipinos.

It also encouraged the public to register online for the PhilSys Step 1 registration as early as possible.

Registrants who have completed Step 2 Registration will be issued a letter to be sent to their given address containing their PhilSys Number (PSN) and physical identification card or Philippine ID.

PSA advised the registrants to safe keep the aforementioned letter with information regarding their PSN private and confidential.

PhilSys aims to provide a valid identification to Filipinos to ease public access to financial services and inclusion, social protection, health, education, and other government services.

With PhilSys, public and private transactions will be made safer, more seamless, and more efficient as the country transitions into a digital economy, PSA said.