Former President and now House Speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo expressed delight over the developments in the implementation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys). This after officials of the National Statistics Office told the House Oversight Committee on Population and Family Relations that they are ready to conduct the first batch of registration and issue the first IDs this coming September 2019. "I am happy that it's all systems go for the National ID system based on the timeline they have presented to us this morning," she told reporters after the Oversight hearing in Dumaan City on Tuesday. Speaker Arroyo convened the House Oversight Committee hearing at the Bethel Guest House in Dumaguete City since its principal author Rep. Arnie Teves is from Negros Oriental. Also in attendance were Deputy Speaker Prospero Pichay, Teves, Reps. Lourdes Aggabao, Jocelyn Limchaikong and Dumaguete Mayor Felipe Remollo. She said the Oversight Committee hearing is in furtherance of the other function of the House of Representatives to determine if the laws passed by Congress are properly implemented. During the hearing, Atty. Lourdines Dela Cruz, Deputy National Statistician of the PSA, said that in account with RA 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, they will start the registration for the PhilSys this September targetting about 6 million individuals. Those that are eligible to register are Filipinos and resident aliens at least five years old. Dela Cruz pointed out that the first to be registered are indigents, People with Disabilities (PWDs) and government workers in several key areas all over the country. | Photos by Perfecto Camero

Source: House of Representatives