DAVAO DEL NORTE (PIA)–Davao ranks among the first regions to implement the Philippine Identification system mandated under RA 11055 or the National ID Law which was signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018.

In a special edition of Kapihan sa Kapitolyo, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Regional Director Ruben D. Abaro Jr said he expected the national ID system to start rolling out by last quarter of the year.

“I would like to encourage everyone to enroll,” he said.

Being the lead agency to run the national ID system, PSA will be setting up a number of PSA-accredited registration centers where people can personally visit to have their biometrics captured.

“Para sa atong pitaka, isa na lang ka ID,” (So we would have only one ID in our wallets) he said during the interview.

Abaro was also looking at the possibility of PSA to run mobile registration centers in coordination with local government units. “That is among our strategies,” he said.

“All persons and resident aliens” including children of 5 years of age and above are to register but Abaro said children have to re-register with PSA during their teenage years to have their biometrics, recaptured.

The PSA-issued national ID will be given free and to be issued after personal information shall have been authenticated.

This article officially appeared on pia.gov.ph on April 6, 2019.

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