The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) reaches another milestone as it records over 4 million registrants for its online Step 1 Registration. The PSA reports that as of 15 July 2021, a total of 4,159,269 registrants have already completed the PhilSys Step 1 Registration via https://register.philsys.gov.ph.
PSA Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa, Ph.D., National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, extends his gratitude to Filipinos who continue to show support and interest in this project, “The PSA expresses gratitude to all Filipinos who willingly took part to reach this milestone. With this additional achievement of the PhilSys project, we are more determined to work on improvements of the site to provide easier and safer access to the online Step 1 Registration.”
The online registration process is the primary Step 1 Registration process for most Filipinos. PhilSys online Step 1 aims to minimize health risks by managing the number of registrants at registration centers at any given time through its scheduling of appointment function. From the house-to-house collection of demographic information, which started in October 2020 in select provinces, PSA launched the online registration site on 30 April 2021 to expand Step 1 Registration services nationwide to allow more Filipinos to complete this registration step.
Step 1 will be followed by Step 2 Registration, which involves capturing the registrant’s biometric data and verifying their demographic information at local registration centers. Started on a gradual, small-scale basis this year, Step 2 registration centers are being established by PSA in more locations nationwide to accommodate more Filipinos. As of date, all 81 provinces and cities/municipalities in the National Capital Region have already commenced Step 2 Registration.
The final step to PhilSys is the Step 3 Registration, which involves the issuance of the PhilSys Number (PSN) and a Philippine Identification (PhilID) card. The PSN is a randomly-generated number that will serve as a permanent identification number of a registrant. Considered as sensitive personal information, the PSN must be kept confidential and private. When transacting, registrants must use the public version of the PSN, namely the PhilSys Card Number (PCN), which is also printed in the PhilID card. PSA has partnered with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) to ensure the efficient and safe delivery of the PhilIDs to the registrants. As of 16 July 2021, a total of 525,335 PhilID cards have been delivered to successful registrants.