By Cai U. Ordinario, January 30, 2023; Business Mirror

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has announced that 40.87 million national identification cards (PhilIDs) and its electronic version (ePhilIDs) have already been delivered and issued to registered persons nationwide.

The PSA said that as of January 25, 22.59 million of these PhilIDs were delivered, while 18.28 million were issued ePhilIDs.

“We, at the PSA, extend our heartfelt gratitude to the public for their unceasing support for the Philippine Identification System [PhilSys], and in making this milestone possible,” declared Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa, national statistician and civil registrar-general, as he said “more and more Filipinos can utilize their PhilIDs and ePhilIDs in various transactions in the government and private establishments.”

The agency’s target is for 92 million Filipinos to have their national ID by the end of this year.

Meanwhile, the National Economic and Development Authority said the national ID will also open the doors for farmers to be able to get an official ID, which will increase their access to various social services.

The recent milestone, according to the PSA, is the result of its collaborative efforts with the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas and Philippine Postal Corporation, or the Post Office, for the production and delivery of PhilIDs.

Said undertakings include strategies by the PSA Field Offices in the continuous implementation of the ePhilIDs.

To complement such, the PSA also piloted the implementation of the downloadable ePhilID, which allows registered persons to download an electronic copy or PDFs on their mobile devices.