Some 17.6 million individuals who signed up for the national ID will soon be a recipient of the tangible thing as the Malacañang Palace proclaims its delivery.

The announcement came following the turnover of the 17.6 million printed PhilIDs by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to the Philippine Postal Corporation (Post Office), per Press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles.

In a press statement, Cruz-Angeles mentions August 23, 2022 as the date when the said number of physical IDs was handed out to the delivery agency.

Still a long shot from the objective of equipping the Filipino people with their respective national identification cards, the government is nevertheless looking to produce as many as 50 million of PhilIDs before 2022 ends.

Trixie Cruz-Angeles breaks down the target as a split between 30.1 million physical PhilIDs as well as 19.9 digital national IDs.

In an attempt to meet the target, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan has informed the government that the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) is ramping up production, citing how the institution has been exceeding its average daily print in the past 11 days to 103,000 per day.

Per Republic Act (RA) 11055 or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act, PhilID is given the power to be “accepted and recognized for government and transactions” and will be taken as an official and proper “proof of identification for all Filipino citizens and resident aliens.”

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