CAMP GENERAL EMILIO AGUINALDO, Quezon City – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) provided logistics support to National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) and commenced the distribution of National Identification System (PhilSys) registration kits to 32 provincial offices of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) on November 6, 2020.
This was after the Acting NEDA Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua requested the assistance of the AFP through the Department of National Defense to provide logistics support and transportation for more than 4,000 registration kits to 655 cities and municipalities in target provinces, which was approved by the Secretary of National Defense Delfin Lorenzana.
The request aimed to ensure safe and secured transport of PhilSys registration kits considering limitations in inter-island and provincial transportation as the community quarantine nationwide is still in effect.
Registration kits that were turned over to the AFP from NEDA last October 30, were delivered to PSA head office in Diliman, Quezon City on November 6. These are expected to arrive on its target provinces on or before November 12. From PSA head office, these kits will be distributed to AFP major services. The Philippine Army was tasked to provide logistics support and deliver the kits to PSA provincial offices in Luzon, while the Philippine Navy for Visayas, and the Philippine Air Force for PSA provincial offices in Mindanao.
Upon reaching the delivery hubs which are mostly in military camps, these kits will be turned over to Unified Commands and take over the distribution from AFP major services. And finally, these kits will be handed over to 32 PSA provincial offices nationwide.
Registration kits are expected to reach its destination before the conduct of training for the PhilSys registration operations.
The AFP Chief General Gilbert Gapay said that the national ID system will promote a peaceful and secure environment as criminals, terrorists and other lawless elements will find it difficult to assume fake identities to commit crime and terrorism in the community.
“The National ID System will help us and other law enforcement agencies to curb criminality and terrorism as we can now validate and expose criminals’ identities and prevent them from hiding in other law-abiding citizens’ identity. This will also constrain and lose their freedom of movement, and they will be isolated and unable to transact business as no official identification can be presented when demanded,” General Gapay said.
General Gapay added that the new identification system will contribute to the whole of nation efforts of the government in ending local communist armed conflict.
“The national government may now efficiently distribute and deliver government services to its rightful recipient even in far flung areas. The CTG’s can no longer use the inefficient delivery of government services as a reason to deceive and recruit unknowing Filipinos,” General Gapay added.///
Photos taken in Manila: CRSAFP, Photos from Cavite and 5ID: Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations