The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) aims to register 5 million Filipinos under the national identification system this year, according to the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA).
Allies of House Speaker Alan Peter Cayetano who were members of the bicameral conference committee for the 2020 budget are reportedly behind the delay in the implementation of the national identification system.
President Rodrigo Duterte said the national identification system could have hastened the distribution of coronavirus-related aid to poor families.
The pilot run of the national identification system will run from September to December this year, according to Malacanang.
The Senate of the 17th Congress has left behind an achievement of passing 464 bills that were enacted into law, some of which are landmark pieces of legislation that aim to uplift the lives of Filipinos.