BACOLOD City – “That’s the best for us.”
This is how Negros Occidental Governor Alfredo Marañon Jr. described the Philippine Identification System Act (National ID System Law) which President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law on Monday.
Marañon said that only those “in the underworld and those opposing the government as well as those who are hiding something would oppose the law.”
“It should have been passed a long time ago,” he added.
Marañon said, “the law is good for the country’s security.”
“The biggest problem of the world right is security with the proliferation of terrorists. With the new law, you could accost and require any suspicious-looking person to identify himself,” he pointed out.
Marañon also brushed aside questions on the capability of the country to effectively implement the law citing “the availability of modern technology.”
The new law establishes the Philippine ID System or PhilSys, a centralized database for vital information on all residents and resident aliens in the Philippines.
It is meant to hasten and improve the delivery of government services and reduce fraudulent transactions.
A physical national ID or PhilID will be issued to each individual who registers with the system. Each person will also get a randomly generated, unique, and permanent ID number or Common Reference Number (CRN).
Personal data to be collected for the national ID will be include name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, and address. Biometrics information will also be collected, including facial image, full set of fingerprints, iris scan, and other identifiable features that are necessary.
It will be optional to give your mobile number and email address.
The PhilID can be used when dealing with national government agencies, local government units, government-owned and controlled corporations, government financial institutions, and the private sector.
Registration for the ID will be free of charge. Filipinos living abroad may sign up for their national ID with the embassy or consular office where they are located.
Under the 2018 national budget, the government allotted P2 billion for the initial implementation of the program, lodged under the Philippine Statistics Authority’s budget.