The Philippine government has alerted state agencies to prepare for the introduction of the country’s new identity system.

The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) will soon be integrated into the processes, database and services of all state agencies so they must mmediately take preparatory steps, according to a government memo.

The memos said the agencies should identify the appropriate types and quality of biometric authentication devices to be procured as well as develop a two-year PhilSys integration plan.

“The covered agencies shall prioritize PhilSys integration to enable the use of PhilSys-enabled services, involving, among others, online authentication processes and proper controls for the PhilID, including features such as real-time authentication and validation within two years from the launching of the said services in their respective agencies,” the circular read.

This week, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) also said the government is targeting to process the birth registration of at least 99.5 percent of Filipinos, including 42,000 more “disadvantaged” residents in the Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), to attain its commitment to provide documents to all under the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

In an interview after a press conference here on Tuesday, Engr. Marizza Grande, officer-in-charge assistant national statistician, said “we will go to the remotest villages, reach the poorest residents and those who have challenges in making themselves listed”.