'Nothing to fear' over National ID, lawmaker says

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Posted at May 29 2018 09:54 AM

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MANILA - The public should not fear the implementation of a national ID system because it would only contain basic information and there would be safeguards in place, one of its proponents in Congress said Tuesday.

Government agencies can only access the information to be tabulated by the Philippine Statistics Authority into the ID if there is a court order, consent from the owner, or a compelling public interest on health and safety, said Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones.

"Hindi dapat matakot kasi ang basic information that we asked or the agencies will ask from the individual is just basic information…Walang bank account na nakalagay dito," she told ANC's Headstart.

(The public should not fear it because the agencies will only ask basic information from the individuals. No bank account will be included.)

The taxpayer identification number (TIN), the Social Security System (SSS) or the Government Service Insurance System (GSIS) number will also not be visible in the ID itself, but will be saved in the database, said Aragones.

Both houses of Congress are expected to ratify the Bicameral Conference Committee report that reconciled the House and Senate versions of the proposed law within the day.

Lawmakers agreed to include only these 13 sets of information in the ID card: the bearer's unique Philippine Identification System or PhilSys number, full name, sex, blood type, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, address and a front facing photo.

"We are the only country in Southeast Asia that doesn't have this ID...Modern na ang panahon, kailangan na ito. Kailangan nang ang services ay ma-access nang mabilis…This is the only way that we can do it," she added.

(We are the only country in Southeast Asia that doesn’t have this ID. The times are modern, we need this. Services should be accessed quickly. This is the only way that we can do it.)