ZAMBOANGA CITY—Registration to the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) has become much easier especially for members of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) as Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) opens exclusive registration centers for poor 4Ps households in the city.

This is an initiative resulted from various meetings held between DSWD-4Ps and PSA. A pilot test was held last February 29 at Talon-Talon, Zamboanga City which resulted to 184 beneficiaries showing up for registration and follow-up queries.

During the registration activity, 4Ps beneficiaries presented their supporting documents for validation of demographic information and collection of biometric information such as fingerprints and iris scanning. The beneficiaries were also photographed following the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) standards for photos, which is the international standard for the issuance of national IDs.

The 4Ps Regional Program Coordinator, Flordeliza A. Atuy stated that the program supports the PSA in its endeavours to issue identification cards to all Filipinos including the vulnerable and disadvantaged sectors thus this activity will be facilitated until all 4Ps grantees and their family members are registered.

“We understand the importance of this activity and so the 4Ps is very eager to cooperate with the PSA on this endeavour. We, the regional program management office, will also try to account all of our beneficiaries who have already registered and will facilitate the registration of those who are yet to register,” Atuy said.

Meanwhile, the PSA continues to conduct registrations in barangay halls and public schools, especially in elementary schools to register and capture biometric information of children who just turned five years old.

The DSWD encourages all 4Ps members to visit the nearest PhilSys registration centers for their registration and issuance of the national ID.

4Ps workers assist PSA during the PhilSys Registration in Talon-Talon, ZC