According to National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Karl Chua, applicants for the national identification system can register online beginning April 30, Friday.
According to Chua, the NEDA’s online system will collect demographic data from national ID applicants, as reported on GTV’s Balitanghali.
Chua stated that applicants must personally go to the registration centers to open their bank account and have their biometrics captured.
During the lockdown, the national ID system would aid in the rapid tracking of the government’s vaccination program and the distribution of financial aid. Chua added that the system would also assist low-income families in opening their bank accounts.
President Rodrigo Duterte applied for the national ID earlier this year, including the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act number, full name, facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address.
In 2018, Duterte signed legislation establishing the National ID system to harmonize and integrate multiple and redundant government IDs into a single national ID system.
The administration has allocated and approved an additional P3.52-billion to register 20 million more Filipinos for the national ID this year.