President Rodrigo Duterte appealed to Filipinos to “give the national ID system a chance” and insisted that having a secured database would make government transactions “more efficient.”
The President, in his pre-recorded message Friday during the ceremonial event of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys), underscored the need for a mass registration to the database whose aim is to boost the delivery of public services and reduce bureaucratic red tape.
“As we pursue this long overdue project, I ask every Filipino to give PhilSys a chance so that we may maximize the advantages of a universal and secure database that will make transactions more efficient and our lives more convenient,” Duterte said.
The Chief Executive also assured that PhilSys will uphold the privacy of Filipinos’ personal information.
“Allow me to stress, however, that as we go through the entire registration process, we must continue to observe health protocols to ensure our safety amidst Covid-19 pandemic,” he noted.
Duterte also lauded the efforts of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and the National Economic Development Authority in spearheading the project, as well as the Presidential Communications Operations Office’s role in its information dissemination drive.
Duterte had his biometric information taken by PSA personnel for the national ID system last January.
In 2018, the President signed into law the PhilSys Act or Republic Act 11055 that mandated the government to create a single identification card for Filipino citizens and foreign residents through the collection of basic personal information and biometric data.
The government aims to provide national IDs to about 92 million Filipinos by the end of June 2022.
The pre-registration process for the national ID system began last October, covering around five million Filipinos from 32 provinces.
Last month, Duterte approved the P3.52-billion additional budget for the national ID system to register 20 million more individuals to the PhilSys this year, apart from the 50-million target.