Duterte: Nothing to fear about nat’l ID unless you’re doing something illegal - The Daily Sentry

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Duterte: Nothing to fear about nat’l ID unless you’re doing something illegal




President Rodrigo Duterte, photo from bworldonline.com
Being dubbed as a ‘monumental legislative measure’, President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday, signed the Philippine Identification System Act or “PhilSys” into law, in a ceremony held in Malacañang. This is Republic Act No. 11055 based on Senate Bill No. 1738 and House Bill 6221.

The PhilID shall be considered as a ‘valid id’ that can be used in transactions with national government agencies, local government units, government – owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions and private sectors.


Since the government has allotted P2 Billion for its initial deployment, registration for the ID is reportedly FREE OF CHARGE. Filipinos abroad may also sign up from their respective consular offices.

One of its goal is to hasten and improve productivity of government services and diminish fraudulent transactions.
President Rodrigo Duterte, photo from Presidential Communications
The other objective is explained Presidential Spokesman Harry Roque saying that, "For the ordinary Juan dela Cruz, the signing of this Act means that he will no longer have to present multiple identification cards simply to prove his identity."

In his speech, the President said that the National Identification System would promote “good governance, enhanced governmental transactions and create a more conducive environment for trade and commerce to thrive.”

He also asserted that, "several administrations before me have tried but failed, to implement this very important measure partly because of the apprehensions peddled by some groups about privacy and data security, among others."

The law shall mandate the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to gather a Filipino citizen’s complete name, gender, birthdate, address and blood type to be encoded in a centralized database. Which means that the information to be included will not be entirely different from the one already in possession of other government agencies that gather personal data such as GSIS, PhilHealth, Pag-ibig Fund, Comelec, etc. Providing the email address and the mobile number is optional.

Anyone who registers will get a unique, randomly generated permanent ID number or Common Reference Number (CRN).
Photo from philstar.com
To address lingering issues concerning data privacy and security, the Chief Executive assured the public that PSA shall coordinate closely with the National Privacy Commission, the Department of Information and Communications Technology and a multi – agency coordination council.

“There is therefore no basis at all for the apprehensions about the national ID, unless of course that fear is based on anything that borders to illegal,” the President said.

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Source:  politics.com.ph