The production and distribution of national ID cards is to be fast-tracked so they can be used by Filipinos early next year, as per President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s order.
In a Facebook post on Thursday (July 14), Marcos said he discussed the national ID system during his meeting with Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Arsenio Balisacan, who is also NEDA (National Economic and Development Authority) Director-General, last Wednesday.
According to The Philippine Star, press Secretary Trixie Cruz-Angeles has said the national ID system is necessary for economic recovery, and is essential for banking systems, the setting up of businesses and the credit system.
Philippine Identification System Act
In 2018, the Philippine Identification System Act, which aims to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens of the country, was signed into law. It aims to simplify public and private transactions, access social services, and promote financial inclusion.
The law also required the Philippine Statistics Authority to gradually establish a single integrated and interconnected identification system. The Authority, which comes under NEDA, is the implementing agency of the Philippine Identification System.
The Philippines began the registration in October 2020 to give national identification cards to millions of Filipinos to boost financial inclusion. But the website was marred with glitches on the first day of registration. The government was also forced to issue an advisory after unscrupulous individuals reportedly tried to scam unaware Filipinos.