Benjamin E. Diokno, the current Governor of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP), made an announcement through his Twitter account that the BSP is all set to produce the cards for the national ID system; in fact, he showed a sample of the National ID card!
In his tweet, he said that they’re all set and ready to print the National ID. Moreover, he said that they’re expecting to have it printed anytime within the week.
Furthermore, they also said that they’re expecting a capacity of printing a total of 154,000 cards on a daily basis.
Finally, the BSP is ready to print the NationalID. We inspected the machines that will print the IDs this morning. The machines have the capacity to print 154,000 cards per day.”
The Governor himself made an examination of the machines that will be used for printing the said national ID cards. Furthermore, he also showed printed samples to people, so they can have a quick look of what the whole is like.
How Much the National ID Will Be?
The national ID card has been primarily publicized by the government to cost P30 a piece; or comprising the amount of P3.4 billion for a total of 116 million Filipinos.
All Philippine citizens and resident foreigners would be required to register and will be given their own Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) number.
The PhilSys number or identification would contain information that would include:
- Full name of the citizen;
- Facial image;
- Gender or sex;
- Date of birth (DoB);
- Place of birth;
- Current and permanent address; and
The biometric data like fingerprints, facial image and iris scans will also be stored in the system; and will serve as the proof that a person was able to duly apply for the said national ID.
“Decades in the Making…”
I mean, who hasn’t been waiting for the National ID to come? Each and every one of us have been waiting for years for this to happen, and now, the BSP is already printing the cards out.
Diokno, during the time he’s shown a sample of the national ID card, said that their entire team is looking forward to bringing the Filipino people towards digitalization and financial inclusion.
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The national ID system has been decades in the making. We look forward to bringing it to the Filipino people to promote financial inclusion and digitalization.”
For clarification purposes, the new system will grant and provide each Filipino citizen a unique number that they’ll be able to use across agencies.
This was from the fact that the current system has continually been seen as inconvenient because different agencies issue their own numbers; and that’s what they require whenever people are transacting with them.
Furthermore, it will also have security features that are a lot similar to bank notes, making it impossible to produce fake cards for fraudulent and criminally-inclined motives.
Accessible Financial Services
The government desires to make financial services accessible for the poorest of the poor. And, it has also been believed that almost 16.3 million Filipinos do not have any form of identification, making them aliens by legal terms and law; with this they will only need one form of ID to access whatever government services they would be needing in the future.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will be responsible for the new Philippine National ID Card. Moreover, the PSA made the initiation, the first step of registration last October 12, 2020 for the first nine million low-income households.
This involved house-to-house collection of data and gathering of information, from these low-income households.
They included the ten (10) demographic information required which included: the name, gender, birth place and birth date, blood type, address, citizenship, marital status, cell phone number, and email address.
46 Filipinos Per Day
Each PSA enumerator has been given the chance to register at least 46 Filipinos per day; with an average registration process that usually last for 4.9 minutes.
So far, PSA has shown that at least 3.3 million were able to register under the first step as of November 4th. With that, the PSA is confident that they will be able to complete the registration by the end of 2020.
After so, the second step will begin on November 25th. These will be done in designated PhiSys registration centers; it will involve the collection of biometric information such as:
- Iris scan
- Fingerprints; and
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Lastly, the third step will be the distribution or the issuance of PhilSys ID number or PSN and the physical card following the nationwide registration which aim to come forth by January 2021.
What do you think of the shown sample of the National ID card shown by BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno? Furthermore, it is imperative for us not to rush it because we will all receive ours!
Source/s: GMA Network