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Diokno shows sample of Nat’l ID card; says BSP can print 154K a day

The Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is all set to produce the cards for the national ID system as it printed samples on Friday.

BSP Governor Benjamin Diokno inspected the machines that will print the ID cards and even shared a glimpse of how it’s going to look like.

“Finally, the BSP is ready to print the #NationalID. We inspected the machines that will print the IDs this morning. The machines have the capacity to print 154,000 cards per day,” Diokno said in his Tweet.

The central bank has been tasked by the government to print the ID cards.

The BSP earlier said the government will spend P30 for every national ID card or a total of P3.4 billion for 116 million Filipinos.

The ID card is set to contain the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) number of each individual, his or her full name, facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address.

It will also contain biometric information such as iris scan, fingerprints, and photograph.

“The national ID system has been decades in the making. We look forward to bringing it to the Filipino people to promote financial inclusion and digitalization,” Diokno said.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) began the Step 1 of registration for the first nine million low-income household heads on October 12, 2020.

Under Step 1, PSA enumerators will go house-to-house to collect the 10 demographic information - name, gender, birth place and birth date, blood type, address, citizenship, marital status, cell phone number, and email address - from the targeted registrants.

Latest data from the PSA show that at least 3.3 million have registered under Step 1 as of November 4.

Step 2, meanwhile, will begin on November 25. In this step, the PSA will capture the biometric information such as iris scan, fingerprints, and photograph at the PhilSys registration centers.

Registration Step 3 or the issuance of PhilSys number or PSN and the Phil ID will be starting 2021 onwards.

The nationwide registration is targeted to start by January 2021.—AOL, GMA News