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Nograles hails Bicam approval of national ID system

Davao City Rep. Karlo Nograles lauded on Wednesday the swift approval of the proposed national identification (ID) card system by the Bicameral conference committee, saying it will boost the country’s campaign against lawlessness like terrorism and drug trafficking.

“On the first anniversary of the Marawi siege, it’s very comforting to know that the government is on its way to enforcing a law that will augment our existing security mechanisms,” said Nograles, chair of the House of Representatives’ appropriations committee.

“The national ID system will help prevent another Marawi from happening,” stressed the Mindanao solon.

It was back in September 2017 when the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading its version of the national ID system Act, specifically House Bill (HB) No.6221 which was co-authored by Nograles. It is also known as the proposed Act Establishing the Filipino Identification System or FilSys.

On Tuesday night, the Bicam panel reconciled the House and Senate versions of the proposed statute. The next step will be ratification of the measure, and then the signing by President Rodrigo Duterte.

Nograles, in his capacity as Appropriations panel chair, had guaranteed P2-billion funding for FilSys as early as June last year, when deliberations on the 2018 national budget were starting.

The FilSys card is a machine-readable government card that will store multiple data about the cardholder. This data can range from tax information, health or social security card details, to name a few.

Nograles underscored the convenience that this “all-in-one” card would give to Filipinos.

“It is designed to replace all other government-issued identification cards. Soon, we will have to carry just one card for all our transactions. This will save the cardholder and the government itself time and money from having to deal with multiple ID cards,” he noted.

Last March, Nograles told the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to prepare for the early implementation of FilSys since its enactment was forthcoming. Also, the funds were already there.

“To reflect the spirit of the proposed law, which is ensuring the convenience of Filipinos, the PSA should look to implement it at the soonest time possible,” the three-term congressman said.