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Saturday, May 26, 2018

Philippine ID System Rolling Out By The End Of June?

The House of Representatives is eyeing the implementation of the  National ID system by the end of June. The bicameral conference committee made up of Senate and House members had already approved the bill establishing a national identification card system. Now, Filipinos especially the overseas Filipino workers (OFW) will soon be free of having to present various government-issued identification cards on their transactions with government and private establishments as Congress prepares for the enactment of the Philippine ID system bill by May 28.

After it is signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, it will be initially rolled out to the Filipinos beginning with persons with disability, senior citizens, and the poor before 2018 ends.
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Filipinos may soon do away with having to present different kinds of identification cards when transacting with the government or the private sector as Congress prepares to enact the Philippine ID system bill by May 28.  After it is signed by President Rodrigo Duterte, officials implementing the law will initially roll out the cards to one million Filipinos before 2018 ends, beginning with persons with disability, senior citizens, and the poor.  Congress is eyeing the implementation of the system by the end of June. The bicameral conference committee composed of Senate and House members approved on Tuesday the bill establishing a national identification card system.  Advertisement        Sponsored Links       "Ngayon kasi sandamakmak ang ID na ginagamit natin ng bawat ahensya ng gobyerno, ngayon isa na lang. Isang ID ang magagamit mo sa transaksyon sa gobyerno maging sa private kasi sa bangko, usually hihingin satin 2 valid IDs, ngayon isang ID na lang," House Population Committee Chairperson Sol Aragones said on Thursday.  The Philippine Identification System or (PhilSys) ID will have 13 sets of information. It will bear the PhilSys number (PSN), full name, sex, blood type, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, and the photo of the ID owner. More information will be stored in the PhilSys registry, such as mobile number, email address, and biometric data, including the full set fingerprintsnts and iris scan.  Filipino citizens or resident aliens should register personally in accredited registration centers nationwide, such as the regional and provincial offices of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), local civil registration offices, GSIS, SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, PhilPost, Commission on Elections, and other GOCCs assigned by the PSA.  However, some lawmakers expressed concern over data security.  "Malaking usapin sa atin ang Philippine Statistics Authority. Ang kanilang systems diyan ay being operated by a foreign corporation, Unisys na hindi malayo na itong ating mga information, basic information, ating biometrics, ay mahack and pwede magamit sa ibang kaparaanan, criminal, commercial, or otherwise," Rep. Carlos Zarate of Bayan Muna party-list said.  They also fear that private information may be used to quell dissent.  "Dahil 'yan ay maaaring gamitin sa paniniktik, sa mas pinaigting na surveillance at repression noong mga nais pang magsalita at tumutol sa iba pang patakaran ng gobyerno," Kabataan party-list Rep. Sarah Elago said.  The bill's authors, however, said safeguards are in place to protect data privacy.  "Itong ID na ito ay talagang pinag-isipan at hindi pwede buksan kung walang court order at kung walang consent ng individual at maari lang buksan kung may compelling interest ng safety o public health," Aragones said.  The program will have an initial budget of P2-billion this year, with Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and the Cordillera Autonomous Region as pilot areas.    Filipino citizens and resident aliens won't have to pay for the government-issued card.  READ MORE: Do You Want College Scholarship? Check This Out Now!   No HSWs Has Been Sent To Kuwait Yet After Lifting Of Ban    In Demand College Courses Which Only A Few Take Up    OFWs Must Save, Get Insurance And Have An Investment    OFW Help Desks From TESDA Now Available at International Airports    Signs That You And Your Partner Have An Unhealthy Communication    It's More Deadly In The Philippines? Tourism Ad In New York, Vandalized    Earn While Helping Your Friends Get Their Loan    List of Philippine Embassies And Consulates Around The World    Deployment Ban In Kuwait To Be Lifted Only If OFWs Are 100% Protected —Cayetano    Why OFWs From Kuwait Afraid Of Coming Home?   How to Avail Auto, Salary And Home Loan From Union Bank

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The Philippine Identification System or (PhilSys) ID will have the bearers following information:
— PhilSys number (PSN),
—full name, 
 gender, 
 blood type, 
 date of birth,
  place of birth,
  marital status, 
  photo of the ID owner. 

In the PhilSys registry, these informations will are also stored:
—mobile number, 
—email address, 
— biometric data (including the full set fingerprint sets and iris scan).

Filipino citizens or foreign resident can register personally in accredited registration centers nationwide, such as the regional and provincial offices of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), local civil registration offices, GSIS, SSS, PhilHealth, Pag-IBIG, PhilPost, Commission on Elections, and other GOCCs assigned by the PSA.

However, some lawmakers are doubtful about system's data security.


The bill's authors, however, said safeguards are in place to protect data privacy.

The government has allocated a budget of P2-billion this year for the project, with Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and the Cordillera Autonomous Region as pilot areas.

Filipino citizens and resident aliens can get this government-issued card for free.


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