Are the Filipinos ready to embrace the national identification system?
It is a fact that no one is exempted from hacking and data breach. Different measures have been introduced to secure and protect personal data and privacy. The Philippine government is taking precautionary measures and is implementing the national ID system.
On August 6, Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte signed into law the national ID system. According to him, those people who oppose or fear the carrying out of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act are those who have intentions which are against the law.
At the same time, National Privacy Commission (NPC) Chief Raymund Liboro promised the Filipinos that their rights regarding data privacy will be protected. His agency will work closely with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to support and oversee them in handling the outcomes at the early stage of the implementation. PSA is the administrative agency that is relegated to govern and safeguard the data to be obtained under the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).
The newly-signed law will take effect on Saturday, August 25. It will take place 15 days after its newspaper publication which was August 9. The said law would synchronize, consolidate, interlock the innumerable and repetitive government IDs by instituting just one national ID system that will be called the PhilSys.
The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) are sought after to be accomplished by September. According to PSA chief and National Statistician Lisa Grace Bersales, once the IRR has been published, they can procure and implement the national ID. The agency aims to originally issue 1 million national IDs.
Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar pointed out that its multitude of significance like easier and faster transaction, control fraud and red tape particularly for Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) who must go back home in order to renew their IDs.
The information in the Phil-ID does not differ much from the already-possessed data of the different government agencies. The data that will be contained in the said national ID include full name, gender, date of birth, address, facial image, blood type, and PhilSys number. President Duterte said it will even help in the campaign against malfeasance, the communal plague of scarceness, and felonious issues such as radicalism and savage extremism.
Malacañang Palace spokesperson Harry Roque, Jr. said that the government has the responsibility to preserve the information collected by the national ID system since there is already a privacy law. The project has an initial funding of ₱2 billion under 2018