National ID system bill approved by House Committee

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  • Proposed national ID gets greenlight from House committee
  • Bill to require all adult Filipinos local and abroad to register with Philippine Statistics Authority
  • ID eligible for use with all gov’t offices and other personal transactions

MANILA, Philippines – The drive to establish a national ID for Filipinos achieved a major victory after the House Committee on Population and Family Relations approved a consolidated national ID system bill.

Under the proposed Filipino Identification Act, all Filipinos of majority age and regardless of their residence will be required to register their personal information with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA).

“Unang-una na siyempre ang pangalan, ang permanent address, ang edad, ang sex, picture. Dapat may picture no’ng tao na nag-apply nitong ID. Meron [ding fingerprint], pero ito ay nasa loob. Kasi may mga impormasyon na ‘di na kailangang ilagay sa card,” committee chairperson Laguna 3rd District Rep. Sol Aragones told Rappler.

[First, the card will contain the applicant’s name, permanent address, age, sex, and picture. The ID should contain the applicant’s picture. The card will also contain fingerprint information, but it will be inside the system already. Because there are information that do not need to be included on the card itself.]

“So pagka-klinick ‘yun, makikita na nila ‘yung lahat ng impormasyon na nando’n naman sa database [So when you click, all your information will be found in the database],” she added.

The proposed national ID will be honored in all transactions involving both the government and private establishments. It will be initially issued free of charge but will have to be renewed yearly for a fee.

A fine ranging from P60,000 – P200,000 and a prison term of up to two years await those who give false information or misuse the ID.

Before being brought to the plenary for a second reading, the bill will still have to undergo scrutiny by the House Appropriations Committee.