MALASIQUI, Pangasinan – The Philippine Postal Corp. (PHLPost) has delivered about 416,483 Philippine Identification (PhilID) cards to registrants in the Ilocos region as of December 10.

“The number includes those returned to sender due to either the registrant having passed away or has moved out of his or her residence,” Jim Ian Bautista, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) 1 (Ilocos) information officer, said in a phone interview on Wednesday.

He said the delay in the delivery of some of the PhilIDs to successful registrants to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) might be due to double registration or duplication so they need to validate the records at PSA.

For those who already received their PhilIDs, the PSA is discouraging them from posting their PhilSys cards online or lending them to other people as they may be copied or falsified, especially the PhilSys number, which is unique to every individual.

Meanwhile, more than three million have registered in the PhilSys Step 2 in Ilocos as of December 21.

Bautista said 252,248 of them were from Ilocos Norte, 181,527 from Ilocos Sur, 519,582 from La Union, and 2.13 million from Pangasinan.

Step 2 involves the actual sign-up that includes the validation of demographic information and capture of fingerprint, iris, and face images at the PhilSys registration centers.

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 shall be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrolment in schools, and the opening of bank accounts.

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