- To make the distribution of aid more efficient, the government eyes to register at least five million household heads in the country’s national ID system
- As mentioned in the president’s 8th report to the Congress, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is fast-tracking the implementation of the ID system
- The opening of the registration is expected to begin in October this year
Following the rapid spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines was caught off-guard in terms of medical workers, facilities, and the country’s overall system.
One of the main problems of the government during this crisis is the distribution of financial assistance to the low-income households to help them survive during this pandemic. This is why the government plans to create a national system to make the distribution of aid more efficient.
As mentioned on his eighth report to Congress on the government’s coronavirus response, President Rodrigo Duterte announced that the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is fast-processing the implementation of the ID system in the country.
The national ID system aims to improve future targeting and distribution of financial assistance to poor and low-income households. PSA aims to register at least five million Filipinos from low-income households at the end of this year.
The president added that PSA seeks to open the registration process by October this year with 6,500 registration kits in 46 fixed registration centers and 1,170 mobile registration centers nationwide. The agency will also partner with the Land Bank of the Philippines to use its 126 branches as registration centers.
To further develop the ID system, the president reported that the Philippine Institute for Development Studies is developing the implementing rules of the Community-Based Monitoring System Act. This law mandates the creation and maintenance of a system to collect and process data for planning and project tracking.
“The accelerated nationwide implementation of a community-based monitoring system shall allow the government to profile and identify households vulnerable to certain risks as well as qualified beneficiaries of targeted programs,” President Duterte added.