National ID system bill up for Duterte’s signature

Mara Cepeda
National ID system bill up for Duterte’s signature
(UPDATED) Once the bill is signed into law, the national ID system will be managed by the Philippine Statistics Authority

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Both houses of Congress ratified the bill seeking the creation of the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or the national ID system.

The House of Representatives ratified the bicameral conference committee report on the bill on Wednesday, May 30. Only ACT Teachers Representative Antonio Tinio opposed the measure. 

The Senate already ratified the bill the day before.

With both chambers ratifying PhilSys, the bill will now be brought to Malacañang so President Rodrigo Duterte can sign it into law.  

Once Duterte signs it, the national ID system will be managed by the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA). 

The system will collect a person’s common reference number and basic information. It will also collect and store a person’s biometrics, voter’s ID, Philippine passport number, taxpayer’s identification number (TIN), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth) number, Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) number, and driver’s license number, among others.

A resident’s personal data, however, may only be released under the following conditions:

  • upon the consent of the registered person, specific to the purpose prior to the processing
  • upon risk of public health and safety when relevant information may be disclosed, provided the risk of significant harm to the public is established and the owner of the information is notified within 72 hours of the fact of such disclosure
  • upon order of the court
  • when a registered person requests access to his or her registered information and record history, subject to the guidelines and regulations to be issued by the PSA 

Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno supports the measure, saying the national ID system will help improve the delivery of government services and reduce fraudulent transactions.

National Privacy Commission chief Raymund Liboro promised to ensure that other government agencies will adhere to the Data Privacy Act when handling or processing personal data to be made available through the national ID system. 

Read below the full copy of the ratified bicameral conference committee report:



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Mara Cepeda

Mara Cepeda specializes in stories about politics and local governance. She covers the Office of the Vice President, the Senate, and the Philippine opposition. She is a 2021 fellow of the Asia Journalism Fellowship and the Reham al-Farra Memorial Journalism Fellowship of the UN. Got tips? Email her at or tweet @maracepeda.