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Hataw! National ID bill breezes through 2nd reading in the Senate

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Barely two days after it was sponsored on the floor, the Philippine ID System (National ID) bill was passed on second reading in the Senate on Wednesday evening.

Senators did not offer any individual amendment to Senate Bill 1738, which was sponsored by Sen. Panfilo Lacson last Monday.

During the period of interpellation earlier during Wednesday’s session, Lacson fielded questions from colleagues including Senate President Aquilino Pimentel III, and Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto and Sen. Sherwin Gatchalian.

Lacson pointed out those who do not want to register in the national ID system may face inconveniences in transacting with government.

He said agencies like the Land Transportation Office may soon require a PhilID (National ID) to issue or renew a driver’s license.

Under the bill, the government will set up the Philippine ID System that has the PhilSys Number; PhilID; and PhilSys Registry.

The PhilSys Number is a randomly generated identification number for each individual, to be incorporated in all identification systems of government agencies.

PhilID is a non-transferable card with the PSN, full name, facial image, date of birth, address, and fingerprints of the bearer.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Statistics Authority is mandated to act as the PhilSys Registry.

The bill also has strong penal provisions criminalizing refusal to accept the PhilID or PSN; use of false name or information in application; unauthorized or criminal use of the PhilID or PSN; and malicious disclosure of data or information for profit or by negligence.

On Tuesday, colleagues backed Lacson in pushing for the passage of the measure establishing a National ID system.

Senate President Pro Tempore Ralph Recto and minority leader Franklin Drilon delivered co-sponsorship speeches for Senate Bill 1738, which Lacson sponsored on Monday.

Also delivering their co-sponsorship speeches were Richard Gordon, Sherwin Gatchalian, and Juan Miguel Zubiri.