Cops ordered to secure national ID registration process

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    JOINT Task Force COVID Shield chief and PNP deputy chief for administration Lt. Gen. Guillermo Eleazar has ordered police commanders in 32 provinces to secure the pre-registration process for the national identification system starting today.

    The national ID registration process is spearheaded by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), which has hired about 5,000 personnel to conduct house-to-house visits to interview and collect data from household members in the 32 priority provinces.

    “Police personnel on the ground should not only ensure the security of those hired by the government to collect data but also to make sure that the minimum health safety standard protocols are properly observed during the entire process of data gathering,” said Eleazar.

    The pre-registration will be held in Ilocos Sur, Cagayan, Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Tarlac, Bulacan, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Albay, Masbate, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Occidental, Davao de Oro (formerly Compostela Valley) and Tawi-Tawi.

    Officials are targetting to start the registration in other aras of the country will be done next year.

    Republic Act No. 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act (PhilSys) was signed by President Duterte in 2018. The law seeks to establish a single national identification system for all Filipinos and foreign residents.

    The ID will contain the individual’s PhilSys number, full name, facial image, date of birth, blood type, residential address and other relevant data.

    Eleazar directed police commanders to coordinate with PSA and local government officials as to where the interviews and data gathering will be held so security and health procedures can be laid out and ensured.

    Interior Secretary and National Task Force against COVID-19 vice chairman Eduardo Año has earlier ordered the PNP to facilitate the registration processes, from data gathering to collection of biometrics and the issuance of the IDs.

    “This entire process is not an easy task especially that there is still a threat of coronavirus infection. We will extend all possible assistance that we could provide to make it easier and safe both for PSA personnel and the local residents,” said Eleazar.

    PSA personnel are classified as Authorized Persons Outside Residence (APOR), meaning they can freely go to the communities for the registration, subject to minimum health standards.