Duterte wants ‘best, safest’ ID sys­tem im­ple­men­ta­tion

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PRES­I­DENT Ro­drigo Duterte has sought the “best and safest” im­ple­men­ta­tion of the na­tional iden­ti­fi­ca­tion (ID) sys­tem, Mala­cañang said on Thurs­day, Fe­bru­ary 7.

The na­tional ID sys­tem was on the agenda of the 34th Cab­i­net meet­ing held at Mala­cañan Palace on Wed­nes­day, Fe­bru­ary 6, Pres­i­den­tial Spokesper­son Sal­vador said in a press con­fer­ence.

Panelo said Na­tional Statis­ti­cian Lisa Grace Ber­sales re­ported that the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the na­tional ID sys­tem, oth­er­wise known as the Philip­pine Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem, would start in Septem­ber 2019, with a tar­get of six mil­lion Fil­ipinos for reg­is­tra­tion this year.

“The Pres­i­dent or­dered the best and safest sys­tem in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the na­tional ID sys­tem,” the Palace of­fi­cial told Palace re­porters.

The Philip­pine Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem Act, signed on Au­gust 6, 2018, es­tab­lishes a cen­tral data­base for all Fil­ipinos.

The law aims to cre­ate a sin­gle na­tional ID sys­tem for all Filipino cit­i­zens and Philip­pine res­i­dent aliens to sim­plify pub­lic and pri­vate trans­ac­tions.

The new law in­tends to elim­i­nate the need to present other forms of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion when trans­act­ing with other forms of iden­ti­fi­ca­tion when trans­act­ing with gov­ern­ment and the pri­vate sec­tor, sub­ject to ap­pro­pri­ate au­then­ti­ca­tion mea­sures based on a bio­met­ric iden­ti­fi­ca­tion sys­tem.

The Philip­pine Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sys­tem also seeks to pro­mote seam­less ser­vice de­liv­ery, im­prove ad­min­is­tra­tive gov­er­nance, re­duce cor­rup­tion, strengthen fi­nan­cial in­clu­sion, and pro­mote ease of do­ing busi­ness.

Panelo said Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser Her­mo­genes Esperon Jr. had guar­an­teed that there would be “no snafu” in the im­ple­men­ta­tion of the na­tional ID sys­tem.

“Na­tional Se­cu­rity Ad­viser men­tioned that this is very crit­i­cal for our se­cu­rity,” the Palace of­fi­cial said.

“[Esperon] sug­gested that the cy­ber­se­cu­rity of the Depart­ment of In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Tech­nol­ogy (DICT) take the lead and the se­cu­rity of data be taken care of by the Philip­pine Sta­tis­tics Au­thor­ity (PSA) with the help of the DICT,” he added.

The PSA is tar­get­ing an ini­tial six mil­lion reg­is­trants for the Philip­pine Na­tional ID Sys­tem in Septem­ber this year./sun­star Philip­pines

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