Press Release
July 5, 2016

Trillanes pushes for nat'l ID system

Senator Antonio "Sonny" F. Trillanes IV files Senate Bill No. 95, establishing a national ID system.

Known as the Filipino Identification System bill, this measure seeks to consolidate all other identification system into one integrated identification system, in which the government would issue Filipino Identification Card that would serve as the identification for all citizens of the country, whether residing in the Philippines or abroad. This ID will be honored in all government transactions requiring identity of the person.

Trillanes said, "Ultimately, this measure would help the government deliver better services to the people. Having a national ID system would be helpful in our anti-crime and anti-terror campaign. By having a centralized database, we would have easy access to information about suspects, fugitives and other lawless elements. Further, this would reduce leakage in providing social services to the people, such as the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program."

According to the bill, the Filipino ID shall be made of tamper-proof security material. It shall have on its face the imprinted photograph, name, birth date, sex, date of issue, signature of owner, the corresponding individual serial number issued by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and such other data as may be deemed necessary. The Filipino ID shall also have the capability to store at least the biometric data of the individual cardholder.

The initial application for and issuance of the Filipino ID shall be free of charge as part of the government social service responsibility. However, a replacement fee shall be paid by the cardholder.

Apart from this measure, Trillanes also filed other priority measures such as the new Salary Standardization bill; increase of SSS pension; establishment of Philippine archipelagic sea lanes; defining the Philippine maritime zones; Freedom of Information bill; institutionalizing Hotline 117; increase of old-age pension for military and other uniformed personnel; and the new comprehensive nursing bill.

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