PHILSYS REGISTRATION. A registrant undergoes an iris scan as part of the second stage of his registration for the Philippine Identification System in this undated photo in Baguio City. The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) in the Cordillera said that almost 600,000 out of the 1.2 million target population in the region have completed the registration process. (PNA file photo by PNA)

BAGUIO CITY – A total of 593,250 residents in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) have completed the second and final stage of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Thursday.

Jezzel Boado, information officer of the PSA in CAR, said records show that 47.51 percent of the target population have already finished the two-stage registration process, as of July 16.

She said the registration teams in the provinces continue to receive and conduct registration procedures in sites with steady internet connection.

The PSA has targeted at least 1,248,605 of the population in the region for the initial registration but will continue to accommodate registrants even after the target is reached.

PSA-CAR regional director Villafe Alibuyog on Wednesday said the target was allocated to the six provinces in proportion to their population based on the 2020 census.

Abra’s target is 90,350 with at least 60.1 percent having completed the registration system; Apayao has registered at least 89.6 percent of its 27,800 target; Benguet, including Baguio City has completed the registration of 71.6 percent of its 563,255 target; Ifugao has registered 44.5 percent of its 62,550 target; Kalinga has registered 65.4 percent of its 62,550 target; while Mountain Province completed the registration of 56.1 percent of its 41,700 target.

Stage 2 of the process involves the taking of the iris scan, fingerprint, photograph, and signature. Stage 1, meanwhile, involves registering basic data like name and address, among others.

Of those who completed the second stage from May 27 to June 30, Alibuyog said some 50,499 have already received their PhilSys identification cards via the Philippine Postal Corporation.

The director said those who have not yet received their PhilSys identification cards can check its status by going to the PhilPosts tracking site and entering the PhilSys registration transaction number that is in the transaction slip provided to all Stage 2 registrants.

Signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018, Republic Act 11055, or the PhilSys 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 will also boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present the PhilID during transactions.

The PSA said Malacañang earlier released a memorandum circular order directing all functional government agencies “to prepare for PhilSys integration” into their processes and services.

The Palace also issued an executive order mandating government agencies to accept the PhilID card and PhilSys Number (PSN) as sufficient proof of identity in various transactions. (PNA)