National ID system can 'open up' more opportunities to all: Pernia

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 16 2018 09:43 PM

MANILA - The national identification system will ensure every Filipino have access to public services and development opportunities, the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) said.

The Senate is set to approve the bill on its second reading on Wednesday, NEDA said in a statement released Friday.

Socioeconomic planning secretary Ernesto Pernia, citing a study by the World Bank's ID for Development group (ID4D), said 14 percent of Filipinos were denied of government and other financial services due to lack proper identification documents. 
 
"We need a system that will unify all government IDs to facilitate citizens' transactions with government and even with the private sector. A national ID system can open up opportunities especially for the poor and marginalized and will make public service delivery more efficient," Pernia said. 

He said the ID system will also ensure that the poorest households will get the government's safety net, such as the conditional cash transfer (CCT), to cushion the effect of the newly implemented Tax Reform for Acceleration and Inclusion (TRAIN) law.

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno earlier said he is hoping that the national ID system would be up and running by October.

About P2 billion was allocated for the ID system in 2018.