PHL likely having national ID system this year

The possibility of having a national identification (ID) system in the Philippines this year is now higher after the Senate approved on third and final reading its own version of national ID system bill on March 19.

The House of Representatives approved its own version in September 2017.

“So, it will be submitted to the Palace. But I do not know if they have already a bicam. The next procedure is for the Senate and the House to reconcile both their respective versions, after which, it will be ratified by both houses,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said during the March 22 press briefing.

“So I would say, before they go on sine die adjournment, this will become law,” he added.

When asked if President Rodrigo Duterte will surely approve the national ID system law, Roque said “I believe so, because in the last cabinet meeting, there was an overwhelming consensus for the need for the national ID system.”

He added that there is already a budget allotted in the 2018 budget for national ID system.