Lacson seeks additional funds for national ID system

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Posted at Nov 20 2019 09:35 AM | Updated as of Nov 20 2019 09:49 AM

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MANILA - Sen. Panfilo Lacson on Wednesday said the national ID system is lacking half of its funding after P2.4 billion was allotted for the implementation of the landmark measure under the proposed 2020 budget.

The Philippine Statistics Authority, however, needs more than P5 billion to cover the initial 14 million Filipinos to be registered in the system's database.

"Magsisimula na sila sa Mayo kasi nakakasa na lahat. 'Yung mga equipment, data centers naka-ready na lahat 'yun. Kailangan talaga punan 'yung pondo," he told radio DZMM.

(The PSA will start in May because everything is ready, including equipment and data centers. We need to complete the fund.)

"Yung national ID makapagbawas sa corruption sa tax collection, sa lahat ng transaction sa gobyerno, malaking bagay na meron tayong national ID system."

(The national ID will lessen corruption in tax collection, in all government transactions. Having a national ID system is important.)

Lacson proposed realigning the P5 billion fund for the environment department's National Greening Program, earning the nod of agency and acting Budget chief Wendel Avisado. 

The senator also suggested realigning some P14 billion "duplicative expenditure items" under the Department of Public Works and Highways.

"Sa ngayon, napakababa ng disbursement ng DPWH, kasi nga wala masyado consultation. Ito 'yung nasisingit ng mga legislators na walang consultation sa ahensiya so di nila naiimplement nang maayos," he said.

(Right now DPWH disbursement is too low because there's not much consultation. These are insertions of legislators without consultation with the agency so they cannot implement it.)

The Philippine System Identification Act (PhilSys Act) mandates the government to create a single official identification card for all citizens and foreign residents that would serve as a de facto national identification number.

President Rodrigo Duterte said the PhilSys Act would pave the way for efficient services delivery, enhance administrative governance, reduce corruption, curtail bureaucratic red tape, promote ease of doing business, and strengthen financial inclusion.

Under the law, the national ID shall contain a person’s Philippine Identification System number, full name, gender, blood type, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, address, and a front facing photo.