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Bicam Approves National ID

Both the Senate and the House of Representatives have finally reconciled on their conflicting provisions in their respective version of the Philippine Identification System Act. The House agreed to adopt the Senate’s version of the said bill and will be immediately ratified.

The principal author of this said bill, Senator Panfilo Lacson, led the Senate panel. In an interview, he approximated that this bill will become a law by the end of June and hopes that it will be implemented within this year.  He added that the implementation of this law will have an initial funding of ₱25 billion.

According to Lacson, the Nation ID system will not only make transactions with government easier due to its integration of various existing IDs, it will also help deter criminality while making it easier to deliver assistance to the poor. The new ID that comes with the National ID system will also be “foundational,” in which each Filipino covered by the system will have a unique, non-transferable identification marker.

The system will be managed by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). Malacañang yesterday welcomed the bicameral conference committee’s approval of the bill establishing the national ID system.

Once the bill has been ratified, it will be sent to President Duterte for his signature.

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