Malacañang yesterday pitched the idea anew of implementing a National Identification (ID) system.
Presidential spokesman Ernesto Abella said that in the face of terrorist and other security threats, a National ID system would be of help and is thus an option that President Duterte considers.
However, despite the fact that the Philippines is one of the nine countries that do not have a National ID system, Duterte is not bent to prioritize it as of the moment.
“President Duterte is open to the idea of a national ID system but at this moment it is not included in his legislative priority agenda,” Abella said in a text message.
The passage of a National ID system continues to fail to pass in Congress. Its frequent oppositors are leftist lawmakers.
In the 17th Congress, former President and now Pampanga Rep. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo filed House Bill 696 to legislate the passage of a unified Filipino identification system last November.
The ID may also be used for applications for passport, driver’s license, Social Security System, Government Service Insurance System, PhilHealth, Home Development Mutual Fund and the National Bureau of Investigation.
The Filipino ID card may also be used to identify voters, schools and employees, as well as to avail of senior citizens’ benefits. It may also be used for court, prosecutor and police clearances, and in banking and financial institutions.