AMID PASSPORT DATA ISSUE, MALACAÑANG PUSHES NAT’L ID
Malacañang bravely said there is no turning back in the establishment of a national ID system in the country amidst the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) is clearing out the issue of information breach of the passport holders right now.
According to Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo, President Duterte himself would not allow any information breach in the supposed ID system, especially that it had become a hot topic.
Panelo said that it is too early to arrive in conclusion of the data breach of the passport holders, thus they see no reason that the issue DFA is facing right now is relevant to the coming of the ID system this year.
He added that people have nothing fear because there is still no clear results on the conducted investigation if there is indeed an information breach.
APO Production Unit Inc. (APUI), the government’s current e-passport producer, however, already denied the claims of the DFA of a breach. The Senate nonetheless, wants to probe in this matter to clear if indeed there was no breach of information.
On the other hand, Sen. Risa Hontiveros is one of the anxious of the same data breach of the DFA might happen to the ID system.
Gabriela Rep. Emmi de Jesus also spoke out to the government to postpone the advent of National ID, especially now that there is no assurance any personal data will not be used for fraud, political harassment and other criminal activities.
The national ID system – which is called The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) –is the government’s central identification platform. In a nutshell, it is a means to simplify public and private transactions.
Proponents of the national ID system said that it can greatlyimprove the delivery of government services – especially for those who lack proper government-issued identification cards as a person’s record in the PhilSys would be valid and sufficient proof of identity.
According to Republic Act 11055, the system aims to "eliminate the need to present other forms of identification when transacting with the government and private sector."
Socioeconomic Secretary Ernesto Pernia, in March 2018, said that PhilSys "can open up opportunities especially for the poor and marginalized and will make public service delivery more efficient."
It also aims to reduce corruption and curtail bureaucratic red tape, prevent fraudulent transactions, and ease doing business in the Philippines.