The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on Thursday assured the public that its current national ID backlog would be wiped out by the first quarter of 2023.

In a “Laging Handa” briefing, PhilSys Registry Office officer-in-charge Fred Sollesta said the PSA was on track to achieve its goal of distributing 50 million IDs before the year ends.

Some 25 million physical national ID cards have been dispatched to date, Sollesta said.

“So, by first quarter of 2023 we are certain that we can wipe out that backlog na lahat ng mga nagparehistro ay may unique na PhilSys number na,” he said.

Republic Act No. 11055, or the PhilSys Act, was signed into law in August 2018.

It sought to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines and make the delivery of public and social services more efficient and transparent.

President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. has said the national ID would play a huge part in his “digital transformation” goal for the government. John Ezekiel J. Hirro