Davao City 1st district Rep. Karlo Nograles, a ranking official from the House of Representatives is urging the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to implement the national identification (ID) card system this year even as the law for it remains to be finalized.
Nograles, who is also the House Committee on Appropriations Chairman, issued the call exactly a week after the Senate approved its version of the proposed national ID system on third and final reading.
“At this point, the enactment of the measure is pretty much a no-brainer given the support of Malacañang behind it. So to reflect the spirit of the proposed law, which is ensuring the convenience of Filipinos, the PSA should look to implement it at the soonest time possible,” said the congressman.
In September 2017, the House of Representatives awarded the green light on third and final reading its own version of the national ID system Act, specifically the House Bill (HB) No. 6221, also known as the Act Establishing the Filipino Identification System or FilSys.
Nograles emphasized that the PSA could already commence the process of the FilSys bytapping the PhP 2-billion national ID system budget that had been allocated under this year’s PhP 3.767-trillion national budget even if the Bicameral Conference Committee action remains forthcoming.
“Let us remind the PSA to implement the measure using the budget of P2-billion we allocated for 2018. The figure is broken down as follows: P1.9 billion for Capital Outlay (CO) and P100 million for Maintenance and Other Operating Expenses (MOOE),” the Davao solon said.
“Although it is not yet a law, we already appropriated the budget to make the National ID System a reality this year,” he furthered.
The FilSys card is projected to be an all-in-one, machine-readable government card that will carry multiple data about the bearer.
“It is designed to replace all other government-issued identification cards, meaning Filipinos will have to carry only one card for all their transactions. This will save the cardholder and the government itself time and money from having to deal with multiple ID cards,” Nograles said.
“FilSys cards will make government-based transactions more efficient since all the information that an agency needs is contained in a single card,” said the solon.