The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) is preparing to for the initial roll out of the new national ID system. By 2019, some 7 million Filipinos, most of whom are beneficiaries of government cash transfer programs and indigenous peoples (IPs), will be the initial holders of the national ID.
The anew national ID is the fruit of the Philippine Identification System Act (PISA), which was signed into law on August 6, 2018. Under PISA, a central database for all Filipinos will be established. This is to be managed by the PSA.
During a round table discussion hosted by financial tech firm FINTQ, National Statistician and Civil Registrar General of the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), Lisa Grace S. Bersales disclosed the progress of the ID rollout.
“(It is) something that we really need to do to our people,” she said.
The national ID system would provide documentation for Filipinos, especially for those who lack birth or death certificates and encounter difficulties acquiring other government IDs as a result. To date, about 7% of Filipinos do not have birth certificates. 66% of deceased Filipinos do not have death certificates.
According to Bersales, a majority of the population without death certificates are part of the Muslim community. Cultural and religious tradition require the dead to be buried within 24 hours after death. Filipinos in far flung areas also make up a significant portion of the same demographic.
The national ID system has been allocated PHP2-billion of the 2018 national budget. This is placed under the funding of the PSA. Its proposed budget for 2019 amounts to PHP2.1 billion.
Bersales, while speaking at the same forum, also said that the new ID system “will give dignity to our people”.
The system will be able to help Filipinos who lack a birth certificate. However, it will not be able to address the low rates of death certificate issuance.
Implementation of the system is set to being a test run in January 2019. For this, the PSA will be partnering with the Philippine Postal Corporation (PHLPost) for the proof of concept. PHLPost has an extensive network of offices nationwide, as well as decade of experience issuing IDs.
Procurement for the system will be done in June 2019 through competitive bidding. The official roll out of the IDs to the general populace will begin by September 2019, or a year after the measure was signed into law.
The PSA is has also partnered with the Department of Information and Technology (DICT), the National Privacy Commission, the National ID Council, the Asian Development Bank and the World Bank to ensure the safety and integrity of the data collected by the agency for the IDs. The PSA reportedly plans to do a privacy impact assessment and vulnerability test for the system during the coming proof of concept trial run.
The PSA targets for all living Filipinos to have an ID by 2023.