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National ID system should be implemented this year —Nograles

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House committee on appropriations chairman Karlo Nograles urged the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to implement the national identification (ID) card system this year as soon as it is enacted into law.

The Davao City lawmaker made the call after the Senate passed last March 19 its version of the proposed national ID system Act on third and final reading. The House has also passed its own version.

While the House and Senate reconcile the two versions in the bicameral conference committee, Nograles proposed that the PSA already start the process by tapping the P2-billion national ID system budget that had been earmarked under the current P3.767-trillion national budget.

The funds for the measure had been prepared as early as June 2017, Nograles noted.

“Let us remind the PSA to implement the measure using the budget of P2-billion we allocated for 2018. The figure is broken down as follows: P1.9 billion for Capital Outlay (CO) and P100 million for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE),” he said.

“At this point, the enactment of the measure is pretty much a no brainer given the support of Malacañang behind it. So to reflect the spirit of the proposed law, which is ensuring the convenience of Filipinos, the PSA should look to implement it at the soonest time possible,” said Nograles.

The House approved on third and final reading House Bill (HB) No.6221, or the proposed Act Establishing the Filipino Identification System or FilSys, in September.

The FilSys card is the envisioned all-in-one, machine-readable government card that will store multiple data about the cardholder. This data can range from tax information, health or social security card details, just to name a few.

“It is designed to replace all other government-issued identification cards, meaning Filipinos will only have to carry one card for all their transactions. This will save the cardholder and the government itself time and money from having to deal with multiple ID cards,” Nograles said.