- The proposed National ID system may finally be rolled out this 2018 after the bicameral conference committee report was approved by both sides on Tuesday
- Duterte will sign the bill into law as soon as it reaches the President’s office
- The system will first be rolled out in Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and CAR
After several attempts by previous administrations, the proposed National ID system may finally be rolled out this 2018 after the bicameral conference committee report was approved by both sides on Tuesday, which was the farthest that this proposal has come along in the legislative process in its history.
The Congress and Senate are both expected to ratify in the following week the bicameral conference committee report that harmonized the disagreeing provisions of their respective versions of the proposal.
The proposal will then be transmitted to the President, for Rodrigo Duterte’s signature.
On Tuesday, the bicameral committee agreed to include 13 sets of information in the final ID system. On its face will be shown the following: PhilSys Number (PSN), full name, gender, blood type, ate of birth, place of birth, marital status, address and front facing photograph.
The PhilSys registry will also be having the name, gender, date of birth, place of birth, address, Filipino or resident alien, blood type, marital status, mobile number and email address. Biometric data will also be included such as front facing photograph, full set of finger prints and iris scan.
Chair of the House Population Committee and Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones, which shepherded the bill, said lawmakers agreed to trim the House’s proposal of about 60 pieces of information needed for the ID system.
There was a P2 billion budget allotted for its initial implementation, said Aragones. The total cost for the the full roll out, which will begin in 2019 and may take as long as 5 years, is expected to hit P30 billion, she added.
The system will first be rolled out in Metro Manila, CALABARZON, and CAR.
Aragones expects the initial roll-out of the program this 2018 with 1 million cardholders; prioritizing those from indigent families, persons with disabilities, or senior citizens.
ID information can be updated anytime, said the congresswoman.
Every citizen or resident alien shall register personally in accredited registration centers in the country such as the regional and provincial offices of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and other government-owned and controlled corporations that may be assigned by the PSA such as the local civil registration offices, Commission on Elections, Philpost, etc.
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque told reporters that Duterte will sign the bill into law as soon as it reaches the President’s office.
“This landmark bill is part of the legislative priority agenda of the Duterte administration to improve the delivery of government services… once ratified, the President will sign this into law,” he said.
One of the earliest proposals of what the National ID may look like:
Another proposal of the National ID, with the President as a model: