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Voter’s ID not needed for jabs

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Local government units (LGU) should not require their constituents to present their voter’s identification card to be able to avail of essential services, such as medical services and financial assistance, or to register for the vaccination program.

Undersecretary Jonathan Malaya of the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) said LGU should not single out the voter’s ID as a requirement for vaccination or to access and take advantage of programs and services intended for the benefit of the people.

Aside from the voter’s ID, there are other government ID cards that may be presented as proof of identity or residence, Malaya explained.

In usual transactions, especially when beneficiaries are requested to provide proof of identity, they are given options, such as their passport, employment or PhilHealth ID card, depending on the purpose.

The DILG issued the reminder following field reports that some LGU are requiring a voter’s ID before citizens can access government services.

In the event that an indigent individual does not have any proof of identity, he can coordinate with the barangay for a barangay certification stating his identity and that he is a legitimate resident of the barangay, Malaya said.

He reminded LGU to stop politicizing the provision of basic services, especially since the filing of certificates of candidacy is just around the corner.

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