Philippines eyes national ID for a third of Pinoys in 5 years


Posted at Jul 25 2019 02:40 PM | Updated as of Jul 25 2019 03:11 PM

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The Philippine government aims to register a third of the population for the national ID system in the next five years, an official said Thursday. 

President Rodrigo Duterte in August last year signed into law the creation of a single official identification card for all citizens and foreign residents, which aims to fast-track the delivery of government services. 

A pilot test starting next month will collect the personal information and biometrics like facial features, fingerprints and eye scan of 1 million people, said Information and Communications Undersecretary Eliseo Rio. 

Registration kits for the ID will the distributed to the regional offices of the Philippine Statistics Office, the civil registry Commission on Elections, and Philippine Post, he told radio DZMM. 

"Twenty-five to 30 million [people] iyung next sa timeline... in 5 years ang napag-usapan. Importante na maumpisahan kaagad para 'yung succeeding timeline, maka-adjust tayo kung may mga problema o mapabilis pa po," he said. 

(Twenty-five to 30 million people is the next target in the timeline, 5 years is what we agreed on. It is important to start this immediately so that the next timeline can be adjusted in case of problems or could be fast tracked.) 
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.

DZMM, July 25, 2019