- Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV files a bill which sought to establish a national ID system
- Senate Bill No. 95 or Filipino Identification System bill is expected to boost the government’s anti-crime and anti-terror campaign
- A centralized database wherein an easier access to information about suspects, fugitives and other lawless elements will be made available
A bill, otherwise known as the Filipino Identification System bill, which sought to establish a national ID system that will integrate all the government identification system has been filed by Senator Antonio Trillanes IV.
As embodied in Senate Bill No. 95, the government would issue a Filipino Identification Card that would serve as the identification for all Filipino citizens, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad, an article written by Amita Legaspi on GMA News Online stated.
The Filipino ID card which will be made of tamper-proof security material, will be honored in all government transactions.
Salient features of the card shall include a person’s imprinted photograph, name, birth date, sex, date of issue, signature of owner, the corresponding individual serial number issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) as well as other relevant data.
In addition to this, the card will likewise be capable of storing the biometric data of the cardholder.
As stipulated in the bill, the initial application for and issuance of the Filipino will be free of charge as part of the government social service responsibility. A replacement fee, however, will be paid by the cardholder.
As explained by Sen. Trillanes, the measure will help the government deliver better services to the people.
He said that the national ID system would help boost the government’s anti-crime and anti-terror campaign by having a centralized database wherein an easier access to information about suspects, fugitives and other lawless elements will be made available.
As such, the national ID system, would reduce leakage in providing social services to the people, such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Trillanes added.