Department of Agrarian Reform officials led by Secretary John Castriciones with La Trinidad officials led by Mayor Romeo Salda sprearhead the ribbon cutting and turn over ceremony of the solar power irrigation system in Barangay Alno, La Trinidad, Benguet on Thursday, April 8, 2021. The P800, 000.00 irrigation system was turned over to the Alno Rural Community Development Cooperative which is expected to provide water to more than 15 hectares of cut flower and vegetable farms in Alno. RMC PIA-CAR

POPCOM Regional Director Magdalena Abellera(3rd from left) and partner panelists in the forum push for a whole of society approach in addressing women's concerns including repruductive health in this time of health pandemic. (CCD/PIA CAR)

NCCA Chairperson Arsenio Lizaso (with mic) during the PIA Cordillera- led Kapihan media forumabout the first Montañosa Film Festival. Joining him (from left to right) are Film Academy of the Philippines chairperson Vivian Velez, Baguio City Vice Mayor Faustino Olowan, NCIP Chairperson Secretary Allen Capuyan (4th from left), NCIP Commissioner for Central Visayas Jennifer Pia Sibug-las and NCIP Commisioner for Region 1 and CAR Gaspar Cayat. (CCD/PIA CAR)

Benguet Governor Melchor Diclas presides over the Provincial Inter-Agency Task Force Meeting on COVID-19 on March 29, 2021 at the Benguet Provincial Capitol attended by task force member agencies. (photo by RMC-PIA-CAR)



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PSA lists over 374K level 1 PhilSys registration in CAR

BAGUIO CITY – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) has listed a total of 374,410 individuals in the first level registration of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) that was rolled out on January 18 in the region.


Adrian Cerezo, chief administrative officer of the PSA-CAR, on Wednesday said the number is 131.85 percent accomplishment from the registration in January until March 31, overshooting the 279,720 pilot registration target in the region for level 1.

PSA personnel set up registration areas in villages and sub-villages all over the region on specific schedules to reach residents for the registration.

Data shows a 66.66 percent average daily accomplishment for the whole Cordillera.

Cerezo said the data shows that all provinces have high acceptance to the program as can be shown on the number of registrants.

He said Abra recorded a 114 percent accomplishment compared to its 37,800 target; Apayao logged 124 percent from the 18,900 target; Baguio City has 168 percent compared to the 37,800 target; Benguet with 142 percent versus its 90,720 target; Ifugao accomplished 118 percent as against the 34,720 target, Kalinga with 116 percent from the 34,020 target and Mountain Province with 131 percent from its 26,460 target.

“We are happy with the acceptance of our residents to the national ID system,” Villafe Alibuyog, regional director of PSA-CAR, said.

She said they are extending the first level registration until April 30 as there are some barangays in the region that were not able to complete their target due to the slow internet connection in their respective areas.

In the first level registration, the PSA-enumerators get the basic demographic data of a person like full name, sex, date and place of birth, blood type, permanent and present address, nationality, marital status (optional), mobile phone number and email address and takes a photo of the person showing a government-issued identification or the person’s proof of identity.

“Kailangan ng internet signal sa first level registration kasi nag-a-upload sila ng Identification ng nagre-register dahil iyon ang magpapatunay na sila talaga ang taong sinasabi nila na ireregister (Registration officers need to access the internet because they need to upload the identification of the registrants to assure that those who register are the actual persons they claim to be),” Alibuyog said.

Registration in the first level will allow the person to be given an appointment for the level 2 registration where they need to proceed to the registration center on the time and date set for their iris scan to be registered, their biometrics taken and captures the front-facing image of the person.

Level 2 registration will start in May after completion of the additional first level registration.

Alibuyog said the national ID aims to provide a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens in the country as valid proof of identity.

“The PhilSys is expected to simplify public and private transactions, promotes ease of doing business, and enhances integrity of services by eliminating identity fraud, enhances transparency in governance thereby reducing corruption, streamlines delivery of social services especially for the vulnerable groups of the population, and strengthens financial inclusion for both public and private services," she said.

President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law Republic Act 11055, known as the Philippine Identification System Act, establishing a single national identification system that aims to provide a valid proof of identity for Filipinos.

The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity that shall be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrollment in schools, and the opening of bank accounts.

It will also boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present one ID during transactions. (PNA) 

By Liza Agoot



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