IDNS Dela Cruz graces 2019 RPW of PSA-ARMM
Atty. Lourdines C. Dela Cruz, Interim Deputy National Statistician (IDNS) of the PhilSys Registry Office of the Philippine Statistics Authority, together with his Executive Assistant, Ms. Jen Marie Peralta, attended the 2019 Regional Planning Workshop (RPW) of PSA-ARMM on 19 November 2018 at Marco Hotel, Cagayan de Oro City, as the Guest of Hon
Atty. Dela Cruz was tasked to deliver an inspirational message and relay the message of the National Statistician (NS) for RPW. Atty. Dela Cruz emphasized the importance of conducting a planning workshop in all organizations. According to him, an organization shall plan in order to turn their goals into reality.
PSA has been playing a vital role in the lives of the general public. An error in a birth certificate will inhibit someone’s trip abroad; the absence of marriage and death certificates will prevent someone from receiving benefits. The year 2019 will be a more challenging period for PSA, both in terms of statistics and civil registration.
According to Atty. Dela Cruz, the implementation of the PhilSys or National ID will start in 2019. National ID is a single ID that will determine the identity of every Filipino. With this additional big task from the administration, PSA needs to strategize in order to achieve its vision without sacrificing the core values such as Integrity, Adaptability and Transparency; PSA needs to attract more of the most talented individuals in the country; and it was emphasized by Usec. Lisa Grace S. Bersales, the National Statistician and Civil Registrar General of PSA, that the employees need to work SMARTER.
The theme for 2019 emphasizes the need for innovation in PSA. Atty. Dela Cruz said that the agency needs to develop a culture of creativity to keep up with the fast-growing technology and population. Thinking outside the box and taking risks are the primary keys to innovation. He also shared some of the innovations in other countries that are absent in the Philippines. The country cannot cope with other countries in terms of implementation of policies. PSA does not even have administrative supervision to the Local Civil Registrars.
The National ID System was given to PSA because congressmen and senators believe that the agency has a strong integrity. This program was allotted with Php 6 billion budget for its first year of implementation in 2019. About 6,000 plantilla positions were requested by PSA for PhilSys. Moreover, the Community-Based Monitoring System (CBMS), which is currently in Local Government Units (LGUs), will soon be transferred also to PSA.