By Alexander Lopez
BUTUAN CITY — The Philippine Statistics Authority in Caraga Region (PSA-Caraga) has assured the public that it is ready for the full implementation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) next year.
PSA-Caraga Director Rosalinda Apura made the assurance in a press conference in Butuan City on Tuesday.
Apura said the registration and enrolment for PhilSys in the region will commence in July 2020 and will prioritize those considered as vulnerable sectors, particularly the Indigenous Peoples (IPs) and members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps).
“In terms of the physical aspect of our preparations we are already ready,” Apura said, adding that building facilities in the regional center of the PSA, particularly the conference room and the two dormitories will be utilized during the enrolment and registration.
Provincial and municipal level registration centers will also be opened in the entire region, she said.
“We are also waiting for the approval of the DBM (Department of Budget and Management) for the hiring of 2,100 positions, of which, eight positions will be opened in Caraga Regional office and seven personnel each in our provinces,” Apura added.
Various equipment that will be used for enrolment are now being tested and are scheduled to be delivered to the region, she said.
PSA-Caraga has already facilitated a series of information drives in provinces and municipalities regarding the PhilSys.
Dissemination of information was also done in various forums and gatherings to answer the apprehensions, questions, and worries of the people regarding the establishment of a single national identification system for all citizens.
“We have already made information dissemination to various groups, for example to the Mindanao Civil Registrars when they had their convention, and the gathering of barangay captains and secretaries last month,” Apura said.
More information drives will also be conducted in the remaining months of this year until next year before the start of the PhilSys enrolment.
“The people of Caraga Region are already informed and I know that they are happy because of the ID that will be very useful to various transactions in the government as well as private institutions,” Apura added. (PNA)