Saturday, September 25, 2021

Bicam committee approves national ID system

MANILA. Members of the bicameral conference committee have approved the National ID system. (Photo grabbed from Rep. Robert Ace Barbers Twitter)

THE bicameral conference committee has approved the proposed National Identification (ID) system, Senator Panfilo Lacson said Wednesday, May 23.

The reconciled version of the bill will be submitted to Malacañang for approval by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Lacson said there will be an initial fund of P25 billion for its implementation this year.

"This a landmark legislation. It's been languishing in both houses for 18 years. All 109 million Filipinos should register and acquire our IDs," Lacson said during an interview.

Lacson, who sponsored the measure and led the Senate panel in the bicameral committee, said the national ID system will help deter criminal and terrorist activities.

The measure authorizes the government to collate pictures, fingerprints, iris scan, family background and other significant details of each citizen.

It seeks to integrate and interconnect the various government issued IDs.

There were at least 33 different functional IDs issued by various government agencies. The National ID system will simplify everthing, Lacson said.

Lacson, a former Philippine National Police chief, maintained that the national ID system will not violate the privacy of an individual.

He said personal details will only be released upon the consent of the concerned individual. (PS Jun Sarmiento/SunStar Philippines)


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