THE chairman of the House Committee on Appropriations yesterday urged the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to make a design and prepare for the full blast printing of the national identification (ID) card.
Davao City Rep. Karlo Alexei Nograles, the panel chairman, pointed out that President Rodrigo “Rody” Duterte is expected to sign into law of the National ID System which was recently ratified by Congress.
“By this time the final design of the ID should have been completed and the PSA should already have all the necessary facilities to go full blast in producing these IDs,” said Nograles.
Last month, the House of Representatives ratified the Bicameral Conference Committee report of the proposed law containing harmonized House and Senate measures. The consolidated version now awaits President Duterte’s signature.
In September 2017 the House approved on third and final reading its own version of the National ID System Act, specifically House Bill (HB) No.6221 which was co-authored by Nograles.
The bill is also known as the proposed Act Establishing the Filipino Identification System or FilSys.
The National Capital Region (NCR) and Region 4-A will be the first to receive their all-in-one government ID card.
“It would be reasonable to assume by now that the PSA already has its distribution mechanism in place. There should also be a process by which the agency can receive and address complaints regarding faulty cards, as well as replace lost or damaged cards in the soonest possible time,” said Nograles.
The FilSys card is a machine-readable government card that will store multiple data about the cardholder. This data can range from tax information, health or social security card details, just to name a few.
In his capacity as appropriations committee chairman, Nograles moved to set aside P2 billion for the implementation of FilSys as early as June last year, when deliberations on the 2018 national budget were just starting.
The funding for the National ID System was ultimately incorporated in the P3.767-trillion 2018 General Appropriations Act (GAA). This means that the PSA already had the money for the program from the start of the year.