Senate, House bicam agree on version of national ID system bill

Senate and House of Representatives Bicameral Conference Committee has approved the reconciled version of both houses’ version of bills establishing a national ID system on evening of May 22.

“That’s good news! It’s a priority administration bill,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement.

The approved reconciled version will be returned back to respective houses for ratification before submission to Malacañang for signing into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.

“Not much difference. In fact substantially, the HOR (House of Representatives) adopted the Senate version,” Senator Panfilo Lacson said in a text message to GMA News Online.

Under the Senate bill, a foundational ID system will be in place. This will have the so-called PhilSys number, PhilID and PhilSys Registry.

The PhilSys Number is a randomly generated identification number for each individual, to be incorporated in all identification systems of government agencies.

PhilID is a non-transferable card with the PSN, full name, facial image, date of birth, address, and fingerprints of the bearer.

Under the proposed measure, the Philippine Statistics Authority is mandated to act as the PhilSys Registry.

In March this year, Roque said President Duterte is most likely signing the bill into law and there is an overwhelming consensus for the need for the national ID system among the Cabinet members.