partylist leader backs National ID system
RONALD O. REYES
August 24, 2018
TACLOBAN CITY – The
enactment into law of the Philippine Identification System Act got
the support of Jude Acidre, the first nominee of Tingog Sinirangan
party-list in Eastern Visayas region.
“It is good that finally,
the National ID System Act has been signed into a law. This law has
also been on the legislative agenda of Tingog Sinirangan,” said
Acidre while thanking Leyte First District Rep Yedda Romualdez who
was one of the co-authors of the law which was signed by President
Rodrigo Duterte on August 6.
“There are privacy
concerns regarding this law, but it is important to note there are
probably more personal information shared on Facebook than what
would end up in your National ID,” he reasoned out.
Acidre said that he has
been hoping for Filipinos to have their own National ID card.
“Not only for the
convenience of a portable proof of identity, but more so because it
becomes a tangible marker of citizenship. In fact, a significant
number of Filipinos do not have birth certificates, or have yet to
be registered with the local civil registry. In a way, they have yet
to be ‘counted’ and oftentimes, they have to wait until school age
before they finally are issued a birth certificate,” he said.
Acidre, who is married to
a Thai national, maintained that having a national ID makes every
transaction that requires a proof of identity seamless and
convenient, as what he experienced in Thailand.
“My wife, who is a Thai
national, always carries with her a National ID card. Everyday she
presents it for a number of transactions – from making a money
transfer, boarding a plane, applying for a passport, paying taxes,
opening a bank account and even buying a sim card. I remember when
we had to register our marriage, I had to bring about five documents
that took me weeks to process, while all she had to do was bring her
National ID,” recalled Acidre, adding that the National ID card cuts
additional processing or waiting time.
During the signing of the
Republic Act 11055 or Philippine Identification System Act, Duterte
said that there is “no basis at all for the apprehensions about the
Phil-ID, unless of course that fear is based on anything that
borders to illegal.”
Under the national ID law,
the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) will maintain a
centralized database of all Filipino citizens and resident aliens
which include the information on name, sex, birthdate, address,
citizenship and blood type. The government also assured on the
security of the information.
The information registered
in the National ID would be the same record history indicated in
government-issued IDs like Home Development Mutual Fund or Pag-IBIG
Fund, Commission on Elections, Government Service Insurance System,
and Philhealth card.
The National ID System
would eliminate the presentation of multiple IDs and ease up the
government transaction as it cuts the bureaucratic red tape, Acidre
“For every official or
business transaction, we are often asked to present two or more
government-issued IDs. The funny experience sometimes is that you
will be asked two or more government-issued IDs to apply for a
government-issued ID that at times it ends up like a
chicken-and-egg-thing,” said Acidre as he described the
inconvenience in the Philippines having no National ID System.