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National ID system must prioritize college graduates – Nograles

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

House appropriations committee chair Karlo Alexei Nograles (Davao City) has urged the Philippine Statistics Authority to prioritize upcoming college graduates for 2019 in the rollout of the national ID system.

Nograles said prioritizing college graduates in the application and distribution of National IDs would make it easier for them to transition to the country’s workforce as 700,000 students are expected to graduate next year.

“Having the National ID will make it much easier for them to apply for so many requirements needed when they get employment,” said Nograles

PSA, the agency spearheading the national ID program, noted that the law’s implementing rules and regulations are expected to be finished by October, with procurement expected to begin in the same month.

At present, those who will be given priority are indigent families, senior citizens, and persons with disabilities.

“The transition from student to worker can be very jarring. Securing a great job by itself can be very stressful for young men and women who are fresh out of college,” said Nograles.

Nograles said that national ID will facilitate new graduates’ application such as services and benefits offered by the GSIS, SSS, Philhealth, HDMF and other government agencies; applications for passports and driver’s license, and tax-related transactions

Applications and transactions for employment purposes, opening of bank accounts and other transactions with banks and other financial institutions should also be covered by the system

“I believe students would benefit immensely if government helps them out as they start their lives as productive citizens,” the lawmaker added

President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Philippine System Identification Act, commonly referred to as the National ID System, last August. The law establishes a single official identification card for all citizens that integrates and interconnects various government-issued IDs, and its implementation is expected to result in improvements in the delivery of social services.