PSA conducts PhilSys mobile registration for street dwellers, IPs during DSWD’s social protection program caravan
Date of Release: 19 January 2023
Reference No. 2023 -17
MANILA, Philippines – The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) conducted a Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) mobile registration activity for street dwellers, vulnerable children, families, and Indigenous Peoples (IPs) during the Department of Social Welfare and Development’s (DSWD) special protection program caravan on 22 December 2022 in Luneta Park, Manila.
With the theme, “Pangkabuhayan at Pamaskong Handog ng Pangulo at Unang Ginang Marcos at ng Sambayanang Pilipino para sa mga Indigenous People at Street Dwellers”, the activity granted financial assistance and Christmas gift packs through the Assistance to Individuals in Crisis Situations (AICS) program to over 500 families and 400 children across Metro Manila and allowed participants to register to PhilSys and claim their ePhilIDs.
President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., who graced the event along with First Lady Liza Marcos, DSWD Secretary Erwin Tulfo, Manila Mayor Honey Lacuna, and DSWD National Capital Region (NCR) Regional Director Pinky Romualdez, reiterated his administration’s thrust to help in the recovery of all Filipinos in street situations, from the pandemic, and recent natural disasters.
“So gumawa kami ng kaunting event, ng ganito para naman masabi natin [na] sana naman ay lahat ng Pilipino makaramdam ng Christmas spirit, makaramdam ng Pasko at kahit papaano, ay makikita natin na ang kinabukasan ay magiging mas maliwanag kaysa pinagdaanan natin,” President Marcos said in his speech.
PSA Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General echoed the president’s wish for Filipinos.
“We, at the PSA, are happy to take part in this meaningful initiative, especially during the season of giving,” he said. “We vow to continue our cooperation with the DSWD in the improved delivery of social protection services to more beneficiaries through PhilSys.”
Among the beneficiaries who registered to PhilSys during the caravan was Maricel Tingcoy, 39, a purok leader in Quezon City. She hopes to use her PhilID as sufficient proof of identity and age in various transactions.
“Maraming purpose siya, tulad sa mga requirements sa trabaho, bangko, [at] kung anong documents ang kailangan, iisa na lang [ang gagamitin]. Hindi mo na kailangan kung saan-saan pumunta, kukuha ka pa ng barangay [ID], kung anu-ano pa,” she said.
PhilSys, as a foundational identification system, aims to provide Filipinos with a valid proof of identity, subject to authentication, to improve efficiency, transparency, and targeted delivery of public and social services.
With the adoption of PhilSys for social welfare initiatives like AICS and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps), the DSWD can provide immediate access to assistance and social protection programs to beneficiaries like Maricel.
“Beneficiaries of social protection programs have always been our priority in the implementation of PhilSys and will continue to be as we further implement PhilSys, from registration to use cases,” Usec. Mapa added.