PRESS RELEASE: Filipinos can now proceed to Step 2 registration for the National ID (biometrics capture) as Robinsons Malls open registration centres in its branches nationwide.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) entered a partnership with Robinsons Malls on Thursday, May 27, to bring the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registration experience closer to Filipinos.
In line with the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between the two organizations at the Crowne Plaza Manila Galleria, Ortigas, the Robinsons Malls will open registration centers in its branches nationwide to allow registrants to complete the Step 2 Registration for PhilSys.
“We, at Robinsons Malls, are truly honored and proud to be forging this partnership with the PSA. We want to assure you that whatever support you need from the malls, we will be there to make sure that this herculean task of registering all Filipinos will be done very successfully,” said Robinsons Malls Senior Vice President and General Manager, Arlene Magtibay.
This partnership will be part of the Robinsons Malls Lingkod Pinoy Center Program, Robinsons Malls’ flagship public service advocacy began in 2011. Under the program, the mall branches currently house at least ten government agencies, including the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA), National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Department of Tourism (DOT), Technical Education and Skills Development Authority (TESDA), and other local government units in select cities/municipalities.
“We are always ready to lend a helping hand to the government agencies that we feel will benefit from having their services in the malls because [as we know] people like going to the malls. They know where it’s located, it’s very accessible, whether by public or private transportation. It’s a very convenient, comfortable, and safe environment,” Magtibay added. “And so, whatever we can do to help them do their jobs better and bring their services closer to the people, that’s what the Lingkod Pinoy is all about.”
PSA National Statistician and Civil Registrar General, Undersecretary Dennis S. Mapa, PhD acknowledged the efforts committed into pushing the partnership forward.
“We appreciate the efforts of Robinsons to partner with us. We want our registration to be a very good experience for our registrants, and malls are a convenient and safe place for it,” Mapa said.
“[And] the important thing here is that we are targeting to register 50 to 70 million Filipinos by the end of the year, so that is about 5 million registrants per month, Monday to Sunday. This is a big opportunity for our kababayans to have a valid proof of identity that they can use in their daily lives and later, to enroll them in banking services,” he added.
Currently, the registration centres in Robinsons Malls were opened in select branches only. The PSA and Robinsons Malls assure the public that strict implementation of health protocols will continue as more registration centres open.
PhilSys aims to facilitate the nation’s transition into a digital economy by providing valid proof of identification to Filipinos to make public and private transactions seamless, safe, and efficient. PhilSys is also anticipated to ease the delivery of services by improving the public’s access to financial, social protection, health, education, and other government services.
—(Source: PhilSys Registry Office)