Phillpines officials say ID system running by October


Philippine Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno said Tuesday he was hopeful a law for a national ID system would be passed by next week and be up and running by October.

President Rodrigo Duterte pre-approved the bill, which he also certified as urgent, Diokno told reporters.

About P2 billion (US$384m) was allocated for the ID system in 2018. It will be established by the Philippine Statistics Authority with the help of the Department of Information and Communication Technology, which will also oversee the operation and maintenance of the system.

Data collected for the IDs will include name, sex, date and place of birth, and biometrics. The information will only be shared by government if the registered person gives consent, if it is a matter of public health and safety, and if ordered by a court.

The measure, which will render 4 government IDs redundant, was approved on third and final reading by the House of Representatives in September last year.

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