Robredo registers for Philippine ID system

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VICE President Maria Leonor “Leni” Robredo has registered herself for the national identification system, said the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

According to the PSA, Robredo completed Step 2 of the registration for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) in Magarao, Camarines Sur on Monday. The municipality is among the 32 priority provinces for the PhilSys.

The PSA said Robredo finished the process in about 12 minutes “without technical difficulties after queuing with other local registrants.”

Step 2 involves the capture of the registrant’s biometric data, such as fingerprints, iris scans, and front-facing photographs. The final step of the PhilSys registration, meanwhile, includes the issuance of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and the Philippine Identification (PhilID) card.

“The PSN is a randomly generated number and will serve as a permanent identification number for every registrant used for digital transactions,” the PSA explained.

In March, President Rodrigo Duterte received his national ID, even as some officials faced graft complaints over the ₱1.75-billion project.

The pilot launch of the PhilSys portal was conducted on April 30, but was marred by “technical difficulties.” The PSA and National Economic Development Authority Secretary Karl Chua had apologized for it.

The state-run statistical authority had said it aims to register 70 million individuals in the PhilSys, which would provide a valid proof of identity for all Filipinos, by the end of the year. As of end-March, around 28 million have pre-registered for the system, it added.

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