PSA intensifies PhilSys registration in far-flung areas; reaches out to residents in remote communities in Tawi-Tawi and Quirino
Date of Release: 30 November 2023
Reference No. 2023-368
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) has intensified its conduct of registration activities in remote and disadvantaged communities in the country.
Through its regional and provincial offices, the PSA conducted registration in Panggungan Island and Panitayan Floating Village in Tawi-Tawi, and Nagtipunan, Quirino. Said registration activities are among the efforts of the PSA and its regional offices to ensure that every Filipino can register to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).
“True to our commitment to bring PhilSys registration closer to every Filipino, the PSA shall continue to reach out to our kababayans in every corner of the country to ensure that no Filipino is left behind in PhilSys. We are thankful for the support of our stakeholders for continually rallying with the PSA,” said PSA Undersecretary Claire Dennis S. Mapa, PhD, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General.
In Tawi-Tawi, the Regional Statistical Services Office Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (RSSO BARMM) conducted a two-day registration in Panggungan Island, in the Municipality of Sitangkai, and in Panitayan Floating Village, the last floating village in the southernmost frontier, home to a predominantly Badjao community.
With the assistance of the Philippine Navy, Jade Badjao Learning Center, Inc. (JBLCI), 190 individuals registered to PhilSys, while 38 individuals were issued with ePhilIDs. RSSO BARMM also extended its services for the issuance of free Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) to unregistered marginalized individuals through the PhilSys Birth Registration Assistance Project (PBRAP), which benefited 384 individuals.
Moreover, in the Province of Quirino, the Provincial Statistical Office (PSO) extended its registration services to Barangay Matmad, the smallest barangay in the Municipality of Nagtipunan, and is classified as a Least Accessible Barangay in the province.
Barangay Matmad can only be reached by boat or through a two-day trek that involves crossing rivers. Using battery packs as a source of electricity, the PhilSys registration team successfully registered 43 individuals composed of students and residents. This is the second registration activity of PSO Quirino in the Barangay Matmad.
“We hope that our kababayans take the opportunity to register to PhilSys and be part of Makabagong Pilipinas that we aspire. We thank our PhilSys registration teams for going the extra mile to register every Filipino,” Usec. Mapa added.
As of 17 November 2023, a total of 81,988,183 Filipinos have successfully registered to PhilSys.