ID census hits 1M

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    Registration for the initial step in the government’s National ID System has reached 1.06 million, a little over a week since it started.

    The government is targeting to pre-register 9 million household heads between this month and December with the initial rollout of the National ID.

    The figure exceeds the government’s target at the time it was achieved as the government was only expecting to pre-register 711,533 individuals. The actual figure is 48.8 percent higher than the target.

    The national ID or Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) is a three-step process that starts with the collection of demographic information, followed by the recording of biometrics and its validation, and the issuance of PhilSys number and physical ID.

    To jumpstart the National ID registration, the government said earlier it will do house-to-house visits and collect demographic information of a select sample of low-income household heads from 32 priority provinces.

    These are Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Cagayan, Isabela, Bataan, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon, Rizal, Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Bohol, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Leyte and Tawi-Tawi.