Apparently, the Philippines is one of only 9 countries in the world without a national identification system.
Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr., Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV, and Senator Aquillino “Nene” Pimentel are just a few of lawmakers pushing for the Philippine National Identification System for faster and easier transactions.
The National Identification System aims to render all existing government IDs into one unified system. This will make it easier for many working Filipinos to acquire one identification ID instead of applying for several identification documents.
The ID shall be used for the application of the passport and drivers’ licenses, filing of applications for any services and benefits from the Government Services Insurance System (GSIS), the Social Security System (SSS), PhilHealth, Home Development Mutual Fund (HDMF), proof of identity, attainment of benefits and privileges for senior citizens, and voting identification.
Every registered Filipino will be issued with the Filipino ID card with a number that will be valid for life. It will only be replaced when a child reaches the age of 18; when there is a change in name and family like in a marriage; or when the ID is lost or destroyed.
If passed into law, the Filipino Identification System Act would make the following offenses punishable:
- Falsifying information in applying for the issuance of a Filipino ID card or procures through fraud
- Utilizing the card in an unlawful manner
- Any person or establishment refusing to recognize the Filipino ID card of a member
- Any public official or employee conniving in the application or issuance of an unauthorized Filipino ID card
Sources NenePimentel TNP