Palace welcomes bicam approval of nat’l ID bill

MANILA MalacaAang on Wednesday welcomed as good news the bicameral conference committee's approval of a bill seeking to establish a single Philippine Identification System (PhilSys).

That's good news! It's a priority administration bill, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.

The proposed bill is expected to be ratified by both the Senate and the House of Representatives on Monday before sending it to MalacaAang for signing into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Under the Senate version, the bill seeks to integrate and interconnect some 30 redundant government IDs by coming out with one national ID system or PhilSys.

The PhilSys will have three key components: the PhilSys Number or PSN, the PhilID and PhilSys Restry.

The PhilID will be a non-transferable card containing on its face the PSN, full name, facial image, date of birth, address and fingerprints of the individual.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is mandated to act as the PhilSys Registry, a repository and custodian of all data including the PSN, registered records, and information of all persons registered in the PhilSys.

Under the proposed bill, PhilSys Policy and Coordination Council (PSPCC) will be created with a mandate to formulate policies and guidelines to ensure effective coordination and implementation of the PhilSys. (PNA)

Source: Philippine News Agency

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