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Palace: National ID system not a present priority

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By Argyll Cyrus B. Geducos

Despite the idea of the Philippines having a national identification (ID) system getting approval of President Duterte, Malacañang said it is not a priority at the moment.

President Duterte vows to repay OFWs for their hard work, sacrifice, and help in the economy in his arrival statement after his week-long state visit to three countries in the Middle East during the Holy Week. He also assured of the continuing repatriation program for OFWs who want to return to the country. ( Jun Ryan Arañas )

President Duterte vows to repay OFWs for their hard work, sacrifice, and help in the economy in his arrival statement after his week-long state visit to three countries in the Middle East during the Holy Week. He also assured of the continuing repatriation program for OFWs who want to return to the country. ( Jun Ryan Arañas | Manila Bulletin)

However, Presidential Spokesperson Ernesto Abella, in a statement, said the administration is open to the idea.

“PRRD (President Rodrigo Roa Duterte) is open to the idea of a National ID system but at the moment it is not included in his legislative priority agenda,” Abella said.

The proposal of having a national ID system was recently brought back to life during President Duterte’s state visit to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during the Holy Week.

In his meeting with the members of the Filipino community in Riyadh on Holy Wednesday, overseas Filipino workers said they wanted a national ID system in the Philippines like the one in the Kingdom.

Duterte, in response to the query, said the government is now working on it because having a national ID system is “good.” He also assured them that it is now pending in Congress.

However, he asked the OFWs to be patient as he is only in the first nine months of his six-year term.

Lawmakers have been pushing for a national ID system as the Philippines is one of the nine countries in the world without one.

The proposed Filipino identification system will consolidate all government-issued ID systems into one to improve government services and limit red tape in government transactions. It is also seen to lower costs, streamline transactions, and provide ease and convenience.

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  • Paul Parenas

    Another waste of time and money on a national ID system for the poor Filipinos. Driver’s license, social security card, postal ID, senior’s card, police clearance, etc., and any ID with a person’s photo in it should be good enough……..

  • Filipino nagmamahal sa bayan

    Integrating sss, philhealth, pagibig, other govt ids into one national id maybe advantageous plus it will help national security.

    Ive stayed in hk for at least 5 yrs n they use their HK ID (w rfid) for all transactions verifying ur identity (banking, utilities, insurance, claims). they used it also for security which i think is helpful for national security. Police can check ur identity in the streets by verifying ur identity through their database. Hk residents travelling need not pass through immigration officers na sometimes are not so friendly :). They just pass thru an electronic gate, insert their hkid card, verified by ur fingerprint and viola, u get pass immigration in less than 1 min (unless ur in the hold departure list).

    Fugitives will have added burden of not passing thru security gates (airports, seaports, bus terminals, shopping malls if w security gates) limiting their movement options. U cannot fake ur identity thru fake ids. U can easily be traced through use of ur national id.

    For law abiding citizens, it will make it easier to do all trasactions using the national id.

    Heres the catch for us :) We need to TRUST the govertment first before this will get an appeal sa public.

    Just my opinion :)

    • Filipino nagmamahal sa bayan

      By the way, facial recognition cameras installed in strategic points w national id will help reduce (not eliminate) crime, terrorism, etc.