Philippine National ID System

By 2020, there is a possibility that a national ID system will be made available in the Philippines. This aims to improve the delivery of social services which is one of the goals of President Rodrigo Duterte. The national ID system will replace other government-issued IDs excluding the driver’s license and passport.

The program will be implemented by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) which will ensure that the technology is secure. The ID will be issued at birth and will use biometrics and pictures. According to Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno, it is renewable when the card holder turns 18 years old.

Diokno added that the ID will also serve as a social welfare card. Since the identification card will use a chip-based technology, those who can avail discounts for health care services, medicine, and even transportation can be easily determined.

Finance Undersecretary Karl Chua stressed that they are currently identifying the most efficient way for implementing the national ID system. For now, there is an executive order drafted for the program which will be enacted after two years.

One of the goals of the proposal is to ensure that state financial aids recipients will get their money. Hence, the initial recipient of the national ID are the poor families who are getting financial aid from the government as well as senior citizens. While the ID is not yet released, recipients of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program (4Ps) will continue to get the government’s financial assistance through their Land Bank of the Philippines ATM cards.

Chairperson of Committee Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones added that this ID will help lessen the number of IDs in one’s wallet. This will also be used in different government agencies.

The program is part of the plans of President Rodrigo Duterte. Past administrations also tried to implement it but did not push through due to various oppositions and questions about privacy. But the present administration is still hoping to continue with the said ID system despite objections.

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