Following its ratification by both chambers of Congress early this year, and before Pres. Rodrigo Duterte signed it into law last August 6, Filipinos were supportive of the Philippine Identification Systems (PhilSys).
The Second Quarter 2018 Social Weather Survey, conducted from June 27-30, 2018, found that 73% of adult Filipinos approved, and 18% disapproved, of the proposal to make a single ID for the different identification cards currently held by Filipinos, or the National ID system. Nine percent did not know enough to give an opinion.
This gives a net approval score (% approve minus % disapprove) of +55, classified by SWS as extremely strong as seen in the chart below.
In the survey, 3 out of 5 say the National ID system will be a big help to them, 61% trust the government to protect private information in the National ID, and 49% trust the government not to use the National ID against those who oppose them.
Strong support for the National ID system in all areas
Net approval of having a National ID system in the Philippines was highest in Metro Manila at an extremely strong +60 (77% approve, 18% disapprove, correctly rounded), followed by Balance Luzon at an extremely strong +58 (76% approve, 18% disapprove), Visayas at an extremely strong +53 (68% approve, 15% disapprove), and Mindanao at a very strong +48 (68% approve, 21% disapprove).
61% trust the government to protect the private information in the National ID
With the statement, “The government can be trusted to protect private information contained in the National ID,” 61% agreed, and 8% disagreed. Three out of ten (30%) were undecided on the matter.
The June 2018 Social Weather Survey was conducted from June 27-30, 2018 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults (18 years old and above) nationwide: 300 each in Metro Manila, Balance Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.