The National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) Secretary Karl Chua said starting April 30, Friday, applicants for the national identification system can register online.

According to Chua, NEDA’s online system will collect demographic data of the applicants for national ID as reported on GTV’s Balitanghali.

Applicants must personally go to the registration centers to open their own bank account and for the biometrics capturing, Chua pointed out.

The national ID system would help in fast tracking the government’s vaccination program and distribution of financial aid during the lockdown. The system will also help low-income families create their own bank accounts, Chua added.

Earlier this year, President Rodrigo Duterte signed up for the national ID, which includes Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act number, full name, facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address.

Duterte signed the law creating the National ID system, back in 2018,  to harmonize and integrate several and redundant government IDs through a single national ID system.

An additional P3.52-billion was allocated and approved by the administration to register 20 million more Filipinos this year for the national ID. Ronald dela Cruz