Congress approves national ID system

MANILA- The bill proposing for a national identification system has already passed the third and final reading in the Lower House.

Under House Bill No. 5060, all Filipinos, even those overseas, must register to the national ID system under the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). The ID, according to lawmakers would be used and accepted in all government and private sector transactions. The authors claim the ID system will improve delivery of basic services to the Filipino people.

The bill states that citizens under the ID system will be protected against abuses, DZMM reported. It ensures the information given in the ID will remain private to the ID holder and the PSA and will not be given to any third party unless the card bearer allows it, if there is an existing court order or in case of emergency like accidents to reveal important information such as medical history and blood type.

The tamper proof national ID shall include the card holder’s name, birth date, gender, date of issuance and signature. Each ID shall have its own serial number and biometric data will be issued by the PSA.

HB 5060 guarantees that the national ID can be used to obtain passport, driver’s license, NBI and police clearance. It can also be used to apply for GSIS, SSS, Pag-IBIG and PhilHealth plans.

The ID will also last a lifetime. It can only be replaced under the following circumstances: a) the cardholder reaches 18 years old; b) the surname is changed because of a court order or a woman marries; c) if the ID is lost or damaged and; d) if the card holder reaches 60 years old.

All those who will have their ID replaced are required to pay fees except for senior citizens whose  ID renewal would be free of charge.

The authors of the bill are Reps.Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Al Francis Bichara, Rodel Batocabe, Rodolfo Biazon, Christopher Co, Anthony del Rosario, Ferdinand Hernandez, Elisa Kho, Gavini Pancho, Maximo Rodriguez and Rufus Rodriguez.