Applicants for the country's national identification system may be able to register online starting April 30, Friday, National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Karl Chua said Tuesday.
In a report on GTV's Balitanghali , Chua said NEDA will launch its online system which will collect demographic data of those who will apply for the national ID.
However, Chua pointed out that applicants must still personally go to their registration centers for their biometrics as well as open their own bank account.
Chua said the national ID system would help in fast tracking vaccination program as well as distribution of financial aid during the lockdown.
He added that the system will help low-income families to put up their own bank accounts.
Earlier this year, President Rodrigo Duterte signed up for the national ID, which includes Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act number, full name, facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address.
In 2018, Duterte signed into law the proposed national identification system to harmonize and integrate the several and redundant government IDs by setting up a single national ID system.
The national government also approved an additional P3.52-billion funding to register 20 million more Filipinos to the national ID system this year. — Consuelo Marquez/RSJ, GMA News