By Vanne Elaine Terrazola
Senator Panfilo Lacson is upbeat about the enactment of a national identification system once Congress resumes in May.
Lacson, sponsor of the proposed Philippine Identification System Act, said the bicameral conference committee will convene to reconcile differing provisions in the Senate and House versions when legislative session resumes on May 15.
He hopes that President Duterte will sign the measure into law before the looming impeachment trial of Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno, which is expected to take much of the Upper Chamber’s time.
“I don’t see any reason why it will not be passed soon. I will say with certainty that it will be enacted into law before the impeachment complaint is transmitted to the Senate, if it comes to that,” Lacson said in a text message today.
He said he is confident that it will not be stalled, especially with the backing of the Palace and the agencies in the executive branch.
The Senate, before going on recess late last month, passed on final reading the Senate Bill 1738, which seeks to harmonize, integrate, and interconnect multiple government IDs in a single ID system which shall be known as the Philippine Identification System or the PhilSys.
Under the PhilSys, an individual would be assigned with a permanent identification number. This would serve as a legal proof of identity in government offices.
It covers all Filipino citizens and foreigners residing in the country.