The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA)-Guimaras Provincial Statistical Office, had released 77,983 printable or digital-version of the Philippine Identification (ePhilIDs) in 2022.
“We are proud to say that PhilSys Guimaras was able to reach more than the thirty-four thousand targets for the year 2022,” Provincial Statistical Officer Nelida B. Losare said.
“We implemented two (2) modes in the PhilSys Step 3 implementation: mode 1, the issuance is done by appointment system, the registered person is the one who will claim his/her ePhilID in the Registration Center (RC), while in mode 2, it is where printing and delivery happened,” Losare added.
“The PDF Format of printable ePhilIDs (password protected) was downloaded by the Central Office to the Provincial Offices for printing and verification/validation in the Fixed Registration Center (RC), then the step3 team is authorized to deliver the ePhilIDs in the scheduled barangay.”
Of the 77,983 released ePhilIDs, 2,774 were done under mode 1, while 75,209 were under mode 2.
Also, 23,133 were released in Buenavista, 14,300 in Jordan, 18,737 in Nueva Valencia, 10,216 in San Lorenzo, and 8,823 in Sibunag.
The issuance and distribution of the ephilIDs officially started on October 3, 2022, in compliance with the directive of President Fedinand Marcos Jr. to issue 50 million Philippine Identification (PhilIDs) by the end of 2022, wherein 30 million of these are PVC type, and 20 million are paper type, also called as printed ePhilID.
“The ePhilID is the printable version of the PhilID to complement the ongoing printing of Physical PhilID,” Losare said.
Losare explained that the printed ePhilID is a proactive strategy of the PSA to allow registered individuals to immediately utilize the benefits of PhilID, like quicker and smooth transactions in accessing the economic and societal safety services requiring proof of identity, subject to authentication.
“The ePhilID is designed to have the same functionality and validity as the physical card, and it is free of charge,” Losare said.
“Every registered person will still receive their physical card even if they have already claimed their printed ePhilID,” Losare added.
Losare said that to avail of the printable ePhilID, the applicants shall check the availability of their printable ePhilID using their transaction number in the transaction slip issued after completing step 2 registration.
“The applicant can set an appointment using this link appt.philsys.gov.ph for printing to the nearest PhilSys RC or via walk-in,” Losare said.
Losare elaborated that PhilSys Guimaras hired two (2) additional teams for the Step 3 operation: two (2) Registration Center Supervisors (RCS), five (5) Registration Kit Operators (RKO), two (2) Alternate Screeners (AS), and two (2) Screeners.
The newly hired team underwent a 2-day Provincial Training on September 25-26, 2022 together with the Step 2 registration team, which aims to properly implement the guidelines and process, especially the printing, issuance, and distribution.
“We strategized of maximizing the PhilSys team, especially the Step 2 registration team resulted in having an overwhelming daily output number of distribution in the province,” Provincial Statistics Officer Nelida B. Losare said.
“We are proud that PSA Guimaras is one of the provinces that accomplished a lot in 2022 leading to the attainments of the national target of 13M ephilID issued and distributed,” Losare added.
Losare also highlighted that in preparation for the 2023 PhilSys undertakings, all PhilSys Guimaras personnel were trained during the Data Privacy Security & Fraud Awareness Training Orientation on December 16 to 17, 2022.
“The purpose of the training is to refresh all PhilSys team regarding Data Privacy and to be aware of how to handle Data and its penal provision, especially for the newly hired personnel,” Losare said.
“After the training, the PhilSys team undertook an Oath on Data Privacy to secure the commitment of each individual to properly safeguarding the privacy of the data,” she added.