1M Caraganons now registered in Step 2 of PhilSys

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A total of 1,033,656 residents in Caraga have successfully registered for the second step of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) as of November 30, the regional office of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) said Tuesday.

In a statement, the PSA 13 (Caraga) said the number is 36.85 percent of the total population in the region.

“The total number of registrants was attained five months after the launching of the Philippine Identification System Step 2 in Caraga Region,” it said.

Caraga has a population of 2,804,788. It covers the cities of Butuan, Cabadbaran, Surigao, Tandag, Bislig and Bayugan; and the provinces of Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Islands.

The agency said three modes of registrations were implemented in the region – the assisted Step 1 registration or the house-to-house registration, the online registration, and the institutional registration.

The PSA-13 also released on Tuesday the total number of PhilSys 2 registrations per province.

Agusan del Sur got the highest number of registrations with 324,340, followed by Agusan del Norte that includes Butuan City (316,700); Surigao del Norte (177,453); Surigao del Sur (150,367), and the province of Dinagat Islands (64,796).

“Among the municipalities and cities of the region with assigned registration kits, Butuan City tallied the highest number of registered individuals with 168,411 registrants,” the PSA-13 said.

The agency again called on residents in Caraga to register and secure their Philippine identification (ID) cards.

Signed into law by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in August 2018, Republic Act 11055, or the Philippine Identification System Act, aims to establish a single national ID for all Filipinos and resident aliens.

The national ID shall be a valid proof of identity that shall be a means of simplifying public and private transactions, enrollment in schools, and the opening of bank accounts.

It will also boost efficiency, especially in dealing with government services where people will only need to present one ID during transactions.

Source: Philippines News Agency