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PhilSys registration expands to more remote communities

PhilSys registration expands to more remote communities

As PhilSys personnel prepare for a six-hour trip to Calayan Island, Cagayan, to conduct registration activities, a local loads a Registration Kit onto a boat. Photo: PSA

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is working on expanding registration for the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) to remote areas across the country.

PhilSys registration teams were deployed in remote areas to bring PhilSys closer to Filipinos living in geographically isolated and economically disadvantaged areas (GIDA). The team used local modes of transportation to ensure that Filipinos were registered with the PhilSys.

Such initiatives help PhilSys meet its current goal of registering 92 million Filipinos by the end of 2022. Step 2 Registrations had already reached 68.3 million as of June 17, 2022.

Personnel of the said agency traveled to Buyun, Lapi, and Nabbabalayan in Peablanca, Cagayan, where many of the province's Indigenous Peoples (IP) communities are located. PhilSys registration activities were also carried out in the municipality's remaining 21 barangays.

Despite the hour-long hikes and rivers to cross, the initiative brought the total number of registrations in the area to 35,943 as of April 30, 2022.

In addition, PhilSys personnel braved a six-hour boat ride to Calayan Island, which is part of the Babuyan Group of Islands, in the province of Cagayan. Since the start of registration activities on the island, 8,088 residents have been successfully registered with PhilSys.

Mobile registration efforts began in Maguindanao to accommodate individuals who could not easily travel to PhilSys registration centers. Residents from difficult-to-reach areas, primarily IPs from South Upi, Upi, Datu Unsay, Datu Hoffer, Shariff Aguak, Datu Anggal Midtimbang, Talayan, and Talitay, were registered successfully. As of April 30, 2022, 94,732 locals have already registered with PhilSys. 

Visit the official PhilSys website ( or Facebook page ( for the most up-to-date information. You can also contact the PhilSys Registry Office by calling 1388 or emailing —iTacloban (Source: PSA)

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