More solons want ID system


Lawmakers are pushing for the establishment of a National Identification Card system to facilitate transactions between Filipino citizens or alien permanent residents and government agencies, government owned or controlled corporations.

House Bill 523 by Ako Bicol party list Reps. Rodel Batocabe and Christopher Co sought a national ID to replace the requirement of at least two valid government issued IDs for transactions.

“Once enacted into law, all citizens, not only government employees and SSS members but the self-employed, the unemployed, minors, and Filipinos working abroad will be under the coverage of the National ID system,” Ako Bicol party list Rep. Rodel Batocabe said.

Under the measure, all Filipinos in the Philippines and abroad should register personal information required by the ID system, and will be issued a non-transferrable Filipino ID card with an ID number that shall be valid for life.

The Philippine Statistics Authority will be the lead implementing agency, while the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) through Philippine embassies and consular offices shall handle the registration of Filipinos residing abroad.

The ID card shall be honored in transactions requiring the identity, status, birth and all other personal circumstances, including application for passport, driver’s license; applications for any services and benefits offered by the Government Services Insurance System (GSIS), the Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth, Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF); and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), courts, prosecutor and the police clearances.