President Rodrigo Roa Duterte on 6 August 2018 signed into law the Philippine Identification System Act, which aims to make public service delivery more efficient.
“Today, I also signed the Philippine Identification System Act, a measure that will establish a single national identification system that will promote good governance, enhance governmental transactions, and create a more conducive environment for trade and commerce to thrive,” President Duterte said during a ceremony in Malacañan Palace.
The signing coincided with the presentation of the President of the newly signed Bangsamoro Organic Law (BOL) to the leadership of the various Moro front groups and key Mindanao stakeholders.
The Chief Executive asked for public support for the new measure, saying the ID system will promote the efficient delivery of services through a single ID that will be issued to all citizens and resident aliens.
The ID, called the “Phil-ID,” will dispense with the need to present multiple IDs for different government transactions.
He added that the Philippine Statistics Authority will work closely with the National Privacy Commission, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, and the multi-agency PhilSystem Policy and Coordination Council to address all concerns pertaining to privacy and security.