NEDA 5: National ID to provide integrated gov’t services

Representatives of various government agencies, students, private organizations and media practitioners take part in the Forum on Economic and Financial Literacy which focus the spotlight on the national ID system on November 6, 2018 at NEDA RO5, Legazpi City.
LEGAZPI CITY—The National Economic and Development Authority in Bicol (NEDA-5) confirmed that through the national identification (ID) system, the Philippines can achieve a unified delivery of key services.

NEDA made the pronouncement after President Rodrigo Duterte signed into a law on August 6, 2018 the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act which will serve as the government’s central identification platform.

“The PhilSys will synchronize and consolidate all existing government-initiated ID systems into one integrated and interconnected system,” said Richard Emerson Ballester, Director III, Trade, Services and Industry Staff, NEDA.

In addition, PhilSys ID will serve as the official government-issued identification document in all public and private transactions for lesser requirement demands and easy verification processes.

The ID will contain demographic data such as the full name, gender, date and place of birth, blood type, address, marital status, and nationality of either Filipino or resident alien. It will also include biometric information such as front facing photograph, full set of fingerprints and iris scan.

“There will be no stealing of identity in the implementation of national ID system, and it will provide a unique ID number. Through the verification system, there will be no duplication of IDs,” said Ballester.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is collaborating with the council especially in National Privacy Commission (NPC) and in the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) to secure its privacy and security.

The national ID system is also envisioned to prevent leakages, fraud and tax evasion as there will be no possibilities of payments to “ghost” workers and unreported payments for public goods and services. Ballester also said that this system will reduce transaction loss in the country.

Different programs and assistance of the government will also be given to the appropriate and deserving beneficiaries. Through this, the country can also improve the efficiency and transparency of public and social services.

Finally, this ID system is expected to reduce corruption and red tape in the country.

The PSA will spearhead the implementation of PhilSys together with NEDA, NPC, DICT, and the Departments of Foreign Affairs, Budget and Management, Finance, Social Welfare and Development, and Interior and Local Government.

Banko Sentral ng Pilipinas, Government Service Insurance System, Philippine Health Insurance Corporation, Social Security System and Philippine Postal Corporation will also become part of the PhilSys Policy and Coordination Council. (CBalala/PIA5)