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Majority of Pinoys back national ID system

The newly-enacted Philippine Identification System law or Republic Act 11055 got “extremely strong” approval from majority of Filipinos, based on the latest Social Weather Stations (SWS) survey.

The survey was conducted more than one month before President Rodrigo Duterte signed the national ID system on August 6.

The survey showed that 73 percent of Filipinos approved the national ID, to be called Phil-ID. On the other hand, 18 percent of the respondents disapproved it, while 9 percent “did not know enough to give an opinion.”

This gives a net approval score of +55 which the SWS classified as “extremely strong.”

“Net approval of having a National ID system in the Philippines was highest in Metro Manila at an extremely strong +60,” the SWS said.

It added that the net approval was “extremely strong” in both urban and rural areas at +58 and +53, respectively.

Based on the survey, three out of five Filipinos said the national ID system will be a big help to them, with 32 percent noting it as “a very big help.”

The results also revealed that 61 percent of the respondents agreed that the government will protect the private information, while 49 percent trust that the national ID will not be used against critics of the government.

The SWS said higher trust in the government to protect private information was also “extremely strong” at +64 among those satisfied with President Duterte.

Meanwhile, Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) Undersecretary Liza Grace Bersales welcomed the SWS survey, which was conducted from June 27-30 using face-to-face interviews of 1,200 adults nationwide.

“I’m very happy to hear that news,” Bersales, PSA national statistician and civil registrar general, said in an economic press briefing at Malacanang on Wednesday.#