Duterte signs national ID system law

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act afternoon of August 6 at the Rizal Hall in Malacañang Palace during a signing ceremony.

The PhilSys Act seeks to implement a single official identification card that would serve as a de facto national identification number.

“At long last, we now have a law that breaks the formidable barriers between government and the downtrodden and the poor due to the lack of identification,” said Senator Panfilo M. Lacson who is a known advocated of national ID system.

Lacson said the measure aims to institute a single official identification for all citizens and foreign residents in the country.

Lacson, who is a former chief of Philippine National Police, said the national ID system could help deter criminality and terrorism by facilitating the processes of apprehension and prosecution.

PhilSys has three components: the PhilSys Number (PSN), PhilID and PhilSys Registry. PSN is a randomly generated, unique and permanent identification number for each individual, to be incorporated in all identification systems of government agencies. It will remain with the person even after death.

“As we all know, the President is averse to bureaucratic red tape. Through PhilSys, we hope to improve efficiency and transparency of public services and promote ease of doing business,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said earlier.

“For the ordinary Juan de la Cruz, the signing of this Act means that he will no longer have to present multiple identification cards simply to prove his identity,” Roque added.