Three days before the start of pre-registration of 5 million low income households to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) kicks-off its implementation via press conference to its project partners.
Sec. Karl Kendrick Chua of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA), Usec. Claire Dennis Mapa of PSA and Usec. Dennis F. Villorente of the Department of Information and Technology (DICT) answered questions from the media and stakeholders.Usec. Mapa shared that the pre-registration process will start on 12 October 2020 at 664 Cities and Municipalities of 32 provinces which was identified as low risk of COVID19 transmission. He further explained that the registration process was divided into two steps the pre-registration which commence on Monday and end at December 2020 and the Registration process which will start by the end of November. “This strategy is done in light of the COVID19 outbreak to reduce exposure to reduce the exposure of the registrants and the registration officers,” Mapa said.
As for Cagayan Valley Region, Cagayan and Isabela provinces were part of the provinces who will first conduct the pre-registration and registration processes. PSA Provincial Provinces of Cagayan and Isabela are already done with its PhilSys Pre-registration Provincial Level Training on September 28 to October 03, 2020.
183 attendees which were composed of Registration Officers II (Supervisor) and Registration Officers I (Enumerators) divided in two batches attended the said trainings of PSA Cagayan. While 188 attended the trainings for PSA Isabela.
The PhilSys task force participants cascaded the manual of operational procedures when it comes to pre-registration process on field and the ways to use KoboCollect app in the tablets provided to them.
Regional Director Marilyn T. Estrada encouraged its field personnel to be zealous in the given duties and responsibilities to them. She also shared the status of implementation of PhilSys to them. “The success of the implementation of PhilSys will not be possible without you as our Registration Officers and Enumerators. We hope that you will do your job properly, adhere to the procedures of the manual and comply with the health protocols ordered by DOH and the IATF,” Estrada said.
Meanwhile, Sec. Chua assured the public that the agency is very committed in rolling out the project despite the threat of COVID19, PSA will still push through in registering the target household for this year and assured that the necessary safety protocols will be strictly observed during the nationwide conduct of pre-registration.