MANILA - Majority of Filipinos support the creation of a national ID system, a Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey revealed Tuesday.
Of 1,200 respondents polled from June 27 to 30, 73 percent said they approve of the Philippine System Identification Act (PhilSys Act), while 18 percent disapproved, and 9 percent did not know enough to have an opinion.
The survey found that 61 percent trust the government to protect their information in the ID, while 8 percent disagreed, and 30 percent were "undecided."
Meanwhile, 49 percent said they trust the government not to use the national ID against those who oppose the administration, while 13 percent said they have "little trust," and 39 percent were "undecided."
President Rodrigo Duterte has assured the public that government will protect the data in the PhilSys database, amid concerns of possible data breach and privacy violations.
Three out of five or 32 percent of Filipinos said the national ID system will be of "very big help" to them, 28 percent said it will be of "big help," 26 percent said it will be of "moderate help" and 8 percent said it will be of "little help."
"The remaining 5 percent said the National ID system will be of almost no help at all," the SWS said.
The support for the national ID system was highest in Metro Manila at +60, followed by Balance Luzon at +58, Visayas at +53, and Mindanao at +48.