THE data centers which will be used to register Filipinos for the Philippine Identification System or PhilSys should be completed by the end of the year, Socio-Economic Planning secretary Ernesto Pernia has said.
“The data centers should already be in place right now, if not, at least by December so they are usable in early January 2020. We need to act more swiftly and ensure that we will have no delays in the implementation of the National ID,” Pernia said during the meeting of the PhilSys Policy and Coordinating Council on Friday.
The government targets to register almost all Filipinos to the national ID system by mid-2022, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
Pilot test registrations of over 500 beneficiaries of the Department of Social Welfare and Development and employees of the Philippine Statistics Authority were conducted last September.
The NEDA-led council aims to cut the processing time of each registration and make it more senior citizen-friendly on the next leg of the tests to be conducted in November and December.
The registration process includes screening, demographic and biometric capturing, and printing of transaction slip.
The series of test registrations will run from September 2019 to May 2020 while the mass registration for the Philippine national ID system is expected to start in June next year. (GMA News)