16 Nov Solons push for National ID system
At least 3 congressmen filed for a national unified identification (ID) for all Filipinos here and abroad. One of which is the former president and now deputy speaker Gloria Macapagal Arroyo filed House Bill No. 696 that seeks to integrate all government-initiated IDs into a single identification system.
The law assigned the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to oversee the ID registration. The card shall store biometric data, photograph, name, birth, date, gender, date of issue, and signature.
The card will be valid for all government transactions including the application of passports, driver’s license, and any services offered by the government. It can also be used in banking transactions and no proof of identification is required when the bank is presented with the National ID.
The national ID will be free of charge and can be claimed through their municipality of the Philippine embassy for Filipinos abroad.