Palace: Pilot testing of PH ID system to start in September
Robie de Guzman • June 11, 2019 • 3664
MANILA, Philippines – The pilot testing of the national identification system will begin on September, Malacañang said on Tuesday.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said that during the Cabinet meeting on Monday, Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia and National Statistician Dennis Mapa reported about the implementation of the Philippine ID system (PhilSys).
“There will be a pilot testing which will run from September to December 2019 to register a substantial number of Filipinos nationwide,” Panelo said in a statement.
“By the end of the President’s term in 2022, one hundred seven million Filipinos are targeted to be registered,” he added.
The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) earlier said the registration for the national ID system will be open to Filipinos and resident aliens aged five and above. Indigents, persons with disabilities and government workers will be the first to be registered.
President Rodrigo Duterte signed the Republic Act 11055 or the PhilSys Act in August last year. The law, which covers Filipino citizens and foreign residents, seeks to harmonize, integrate and interconnect the redundant government-issued IDs by establishing a unified ID system.
The national ID will contain the cardholder’s PhilSys number and full name as well as facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address; biometric information, including fingerprints, iris scan, will also be in the card.
Information on marital status, mobile number and email address will be optional.
The PSA said that by 2022, around 100 million cards will be issued to Filipinos and resident aliens.
The Malacañang insisted that President Rodrigo Duterte will not set aside the West Philippine Sea arbitral ruling for the joint oil exploration with China.
This was after former Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) Secretary Albert Del Rosario slammed the president’s statement.
“[Because the] exclusive economic zone is part of the arbitral ruling which we will ignore to come up with an economic activity,” President Duterte was quoted saying during the oath-taking of the Malacanang Press Corps on September 10.
Vice President Leni Robredo expressed dismay over what she referred to as ‘irresponsible’ statement of the chief executive.
However, the palace said President Duterte is not setting aside the decision of the Hague Arbitral Tribunal, as well as the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the country.
According to Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, the negotiation between the Philippines and China will remain.
“The setting aside doesn’t mean that we will abandon it. what the president means, as we have repeatedly said, and as he has said too, the arbitral ruling is still subject to talks between two countries, negotiation is ongoing peacefully, meanwhile we focus on other concerns may mutually benefit the two countries,” he said.—AAC (with reports from Rosalie Coz)
MANILA, Philippines – Malacañang on Thursday condemned the ambush on former Pangasinan governor Amado Espino Jr.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo called the attack a “felonious act” and assured the public that authorities are on top of the situation.
He also vowed that the government will spare no effort in finding and bringing the perpetrators to justice.
“We condemn this felonious act as we believe that any unjustified killing has no place in a civilized society like ours,” Panelo said in a statement.
“We guarantee that police authorities are already on top of the situation and will spare no effort in finding the perpetrators of this crime and ascertaining their motive for consummating the same,” he added.
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