MANILA - The Senate of the Philippines has approved on third and final reading a bill that will create a national identification system.
Senators voted 17 to 2 in favor of the said bill.
The national ID would contain a unique Common Reference Number (CRN) that will be given to all Filipinos, along with the owner's essential information such as full name, address, date and place of birth, sex, civil status, signature and recent photo.
It can be used in transactions with all branches of government, making it more convenient for citizens to avail of public services.
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. It will be established by the Philippine Statistics Authority with the help of the Department of Information and Communication Technology, which will also oversee the operation and maintenance of the system.