The Army’s 79th Infantry (Masaligan) Battalion provided manpower and transportation assistance in the delivery of the National Identification System (PhilSys) registration kits to the Philippine Statistics Authority-Negros Occidental Provincial Office on Monday, November 23.
Philippine Navy ship BRP Ivatan (LC298) skippered by Commander Paul Anthony Yamamoto arrived at BREDCO port Bacolod City carrying 1,897 PhilSys registration kits to be distributed to eight provinces in the Visayas , with 381 for Negros Occidental, an Army press release said Tuesday, November 24.
The registration kits will be used during PhilSys registration Step 2, specifically in capturing the biometric information of applicants at the registration center.
Luis Gonzales, PSA NegOcc Provincial Office Chief Statistical Specialist, thanked the Philippine Navy and Philippine Army for the assistance ensuring the safe and unhampered delivery of the registration kits.
“The kits will be distributed to 32 LGUs of the province where we will establish LGU-Based Registration centers for National ID registrants, ” Gonzales said.
Lt. Col. Gerard Alvaran, 79th IB commander, said the National ID system will help law enforcement agencies track down criminals and terrorists and prevent lawless elements from obtaining false identities to carry out illegal activities.
“This will also enable our government to have a more efficient system to implement social assistance programs such as delivery of basic services as well as humanitarian assistance and disaster relief operations in times of emergencies,” he added.*