Issue of January 6, 2019

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PSA: Data for national ID same w/ info in existing IDs
by Jane B. Cadalig

The information that will be stored in the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) registry are the same information already contained in government-issued ID cards, an official of the Philippine Statistics Authority said.

Rose Ann Tecio of the PSA Legal Service Department said the data to be printed in the PhilSys are not different from the information already printed in the IDs issued by government agencies.

During a recent information drive about the PhilSys in Baguio, Tecio allayed anew the fear that the new national ID system will violate an individual’s right to privacy.

Tecio said the information that will be stored in the PhilSys registry are already captured by government agencies, such as the person’s name, gender, date and place of birth, blood type, and address.

“The only things unique to the PhilSys are the iris scan and fingerprints,” she said.

PSA is the implementing agency of the national ID system.

Under RA 11055 or the Philippine Identification Act, the PSA will monitor and keep the database of the PhilSys registry.

Tecio said the national ID will also contain the individual’s PhilSys number or PSN, which is a randomly generated, unique, and permanent identification number that will be assigned to every resident.

It will be optional for the person to provide his or her marital status, cellphone number, and email address in the PhilSys because these details can change.

Tecio said the PhilSys establishes a single national identification system that aims to promote seamless delivery of service.

“It will help in cutting the red tape. With the national ID, we envision business transactions to improve and in return, reduce corruption because all business transactions will be aboveboard,” she said.

Tecio also cautioned against giving false information when registering for the PhilSys.

“The data entered into the system is unique to you. If there is a fraudulent or misrepresentation upon registration, it will not work in your favor. There will be legal consequences,” she said.

The initial registration for the PhilSys is free of charge.

Tecio said the PSA is yet to start the registration however as the bidding for the equipment to be used in the system is yet to conclude.

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