July 26, 2019
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will implement the national identification (ID) system in September, according to Sen. Panfilo Lacson.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Aug. 6, 2018 Republic Act 11055, which integrates some 33 government IDs into a single system. It will speed up the delivery of basic government services, and help fight crime and terrorism.
“Ang full implementation, sabi ng PSA, September. Tama ‘yan, by August 6 tapos na IRR (The full implementation, according to PSA, will be in September. That’s right, by August 6 the [crafting of the] implementing rules and regulations is finished),” Lacson said.
“Mauna rito ang PWD (persons with disability), senior citizens, ‘yan ang mga uunahin (The PWD and senior citizens will be prioritized in the registration),” he said in a radio interview.
Lacson said the government allotted P25 billion for its implementation over the five-year period.
“We have nothing to worry about its implementation because the PSA and DICT (Department of Information, Communication and Technology) will coordinate [for its enforcement]. The DICT is active and has the capability to focus on its implementation,” he added.
The senator said he did not foresee any problem in the implementation of the program.
“Doon sa dami ng mag-rerehistro, doon masusukat ang success ng implementation ng National ID system (The success of the implementation of the National ID system will be measured by the number of those who will register),” he added.
Under the law, a foundational ID system dubbed “PhilSys” will be in place. It will have three components: the PhilSys Number (PSN), PhilID and PhilSys Registry.
The PSN is a randomly generated identification number for each individual to be incorporated in all identification systems of government agencies.
The PhilID is a nontransferable card that will carry the PSN, full name, facial image, date of birth, address and fingerprints of the bearer.
The PSA will be the repository and custodian of all data.
To protect the individual’s right to privacy, the PhilSys would only be released with the consent of the registered person, upon order of the court, or when there is risk to public health and safety.
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