National ID system bill up for Duterte's signature

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:

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. 

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