The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) brought its Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration services to social protection program beneficiaries during the Walang Gutom 2027: Food Stamp Program kick-off in Tondo, Manila.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) Secretary Rex Gatchalian, and other key officials graced the launching of Walang Gutom 2027, which aims to extend financial assistance to alleviate involuntary hunger experienced by low-income households and eradicate hunger in the country.
Beneficiaries were able to conveniently register to PhilSys and claim their ePhilID during the event, which they can readily use as a valid proof of identity for easier accessibility and application for eligibility to social protection programs.
“Maraming-maraming salamat sa lahat ng mga agencies na nakasama rito upang tulungan na ating matugunan ang mga gutom na Pilipino upang makamtan natin ang ating pangarap na sana wala ng gutom na Pilipino pagkatapos nitong termino na ito,” said President Marcos. “That is the dream of this administration. We are hoping that by the end of 2028, we can say that we have done everything to reduce the hunger and poverty in our country, and to [ensure] that we can provide a good, healthy, and productive life for our people,” he added.
As a driver of social protection for vulnerable groups, PhilSys is being continuously utilized for reliable identity verification and ensuring targeted delivery of benefits.
A recent initiative between the PSA and DSWD saw the use of PhilSys registry for the National Household Targeting System for Poverty Reduction (NHTS-PR) or Listahanan, a database that serves as primary reference for the identification of possible beneficiaries of social protection programs and services.
The PSA also joined the DSWD in piloting the Open Government-to-Person (OpenG2P), a social benefit platform that provides the tools needed to digitize large- scale cash transfers to make government transactions more streamlined for its Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situation (AICS) program with the help of PhilSys for reliable identity verification.