PSA Assistant Secretary Lourdines Dela Cruz said that they are looking to include the province of Benguet to pilot test the Philippine Identification System which recently started at the National Capital Region.
“We are reconsidering Benguet as a pilot area considering the presence of the indigenous people which will be a good pilot test for the PSA,” said Dela Cruz who is also the Deputy National Statistician.
Dela Cruz said that the pilot test for the new digital ID system of Filipinos started in September 2 for the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) beneficiaries and employees of PSA and other government agencies involved in the Philippine ID system.
The pilot test registration will run from September 2019 until June 2020. The first part will involve biometric and demographic capturing processes.
Once the system is stable, operations will expand to cover select groups from nearby regions, Regions III and IV-A, based on different geographical typologies.
“The pilot testing is ongoing until such time the system is perfected. We want to ensure that the processes are efficient, the systems are fully functional, and all information within the system are secure, ultimately because the Filipino people deserve nothing less,” he added.
Dela Cruz was the guest speaker at the 30th National Statistics Month celebration at the Benguet provincial capitol spearheaded by PSA Benguet.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed Republic Act 11055 or Philippine Identification System Act in 2018, which aims to give valid proof of identity for Filipinos and residents in the country and fast-track transactions in the government and private sector.
The ID system will also support government initiatives in boosting social protection and financial inclusion and accelerating the country's shift towards an inclusive and trusted digital economy.
Dela Cruz assured the security and the integrity of the personal data being given for the PhilSys as they continuously improve their system to level up security features of the ID system.
“We take very seriously the responsibility to ensure security and integrity of personal data of Filipinos and resident aliens. The PhilSys is a complex program with little room for error, so we have the following ways to address the risks on privacy and data security concerns,” he added.(JDP/ RMC- PIA-CAR)