NATIONAL ID REGISTRATION. The Philippine Statistics Authority in Negros Oriental continues its registration for the Philippine Identification System despite the province's modified enhanced community quarantine status due to a surge in Covid-19 cases. It is now on its second round of registration, from June 1-Dec. 31, 2021, with a target of 400,000 individuals. (PNA file photo)

DUMAGUETE CITY – The total number of persons registered under the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) in Negros Oriental already reached 26,919 on the second round of the sign up, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in the province said.

Ariel Fortuito, PSA-Negros Oriental provincial chief, in an interview Wednesday said the total output as of June 15 is from the six cities and 19 municipalities of Negros Oriental.

The second round of registration, starting June 1st until December 31 of this year, targets 400,000 registrants for the national ID system, he said.

The breakdown of registrants, Fortuito said, is as follows: Canlaon City, 184; Vallehermoso, 869; Guihulngan, 1,955; La Libertad, 825; Jimalalud, 765; Tayasan, 605; Ayungon, 806; Bindoy, 730; Manjuyod, 964; Mabinay, 1,326; Bais City, 1,003; Tanjay City, 893; Pamplona, 736; Amlan, 541; San Jose, 507; Sibulan, 649; Dumaguete City, 4,680; Valencia, 761; Bacong, 493; Dauin, 841; Zamboanguita, 730; Siaton, 2006; Sta. Catalina, 1,297; Bayawan City, 1,896; and Basay, 857.

For the first round from February to the end of May, 2021, the PSA-Negros Oriental reported that 486,028 registered, way above its target of 444,579.

Meanwhile, Fortuito said as of June 15, 2021, the total number of online appointments but catered to as walk-in registrants has reached 333.

These are from Vallehermoso, 40; Jimalalud, five; Tayasan, 89; Bindoy, one; Bais, 33; Tanjay City, eight; Amlan, three; Sibulan, Bayawan, Basay, one each; Dumaguete (Citymall outlet), 26; Bacong, 85; Dauin, five; Zamboanguita, 26; and Siaton, nine.

Fortuito said despite the province's modified enhanced community quarantine (MECQ) status due to a surge in coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, the PSA will still continue with its registration but the basic health protocols must be strictly observed.

Signed into law by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in August 2018, Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act, aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.

The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity that will be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrollment in schools, and the opening of bank accounts.

It will also boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present one ID during transactions. (PNA)