ONE of the advocates of the National ID hailed Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas (BSP) for taking on the task of producing the identification card.
Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones, one of the authors of Republic Act No. 11055 or the Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) Act during the 17th Congress, said the initiative of the BSP will somehow avoid corruption in the production of IDs.
The BSP has signed a memorandum of agreement with the Philippine Statistics Authority on Monday to produce blank cards for IDs under the Philippine Identification System.
“This development would weed out possible corruption and ensure that the IDs are rolled out sooner,” Aragones said.
The lady solon chaired the House Committee on Population and Family Relations that spearheaded the deliberations for the passage on the law in August 2018.
“Makakatulong ito para makaiwas sa corruption at mapabilis ang implementasyon ng batas. So this is great news so that we can implement the PhilSys law as soon as possible,” the solon said.
The BSP announced that it has set aside P3.4 billion for the production of 116 million blank cards, which translates to P30 per card, that will be issued until 2022. The total projected cost is P30 billion.
Aragones reiterated the need to produce at the soonest possible time the IDs which, she said, are crucial in providing Filipinos with access to government and financial services.
The PhilSys simplifies the processes for services offered both by the government and private companies, said Aragones, as only one ID would be required instead of the usual two, which millions of Filipinos do not have.
The World Bank’s Identification for Development initiative reports that over 16.3 million Filipinos do not have proof of identity, which hinders them from getting government and financial services.