A national ID for all

Infographic by Pamela Ramos, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Aug 07 2018 06:43 PM | Updated as of Aug 08 2018 06:13 PM

President Duterte on Monday signed a national ID system for citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines.

The Philippine System Identification Act (PhilSys Act) mandates the government to create a single official identification card for all citizens and foreign residents that will serve as a de facto national identification number.

The PhilSys Act is expected to pave the way for efficient services delivery, will enhance administrative governance, reduce corruption, curtail red tape, promote ease of doing business, and strengthen financial inclusion.

The President also assured the public that the government will protect the data in the PhilSys database, amid concerns of possible data breach and privacy violations.