Police officials back national ID system PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 24 July 2016 14:50

By R.G. ANTONET GO

The  regional director of Police Regional Office-9 (PRO-9) to include the Zamboanga City Police Office (ZCPO) supports the proposed establishment of a national ID system which could help address security issues especially in Region 9.

PRO 9 Director Chief Supt. Billy Beltran said in an interview that he supports the move as people will think twice before committing a crime knowing that the government has a copy of his or her data such as photo, fingerprint, address, and others.

City Police Director Sup.t Luisito Magnaye also favors the move saying “it will be good for us especially for records at least gagamitin isang ID na lang gaya ng gamit sa ibang advance countries,” Magnaye said.

The city police director explained that Zamboanga City as part of Region 9 in Mindanao that has problem when  on terrorism, other threat groups, and lawless elements.

“This is a big thing where security forces can check the identity of a person not only from the Philippines but also foreigners,” he said.

He added, “ito ay isang malaking bagay na pwede nating panghawakan so ma-check yung kababayan na nadito sa area natin na hindi tayo masingitan ng terrorista galing sa ibang areas not only in the Philippines but also nearby countries,”

When it comes to privacy issues cited by  some opposing groups,Magnaye said there will be no problem as the data being gathered for the national ID system is the same data the government is asking such as biometrics, name, and address.

“Walang nag rereklamo kung kumukuha tayo ng NBI clearance lahat ng data kinukuha sa atin, passport, at iba pa.” Magnaye stressed.

Quezon City Rep. Feliciano Belmonte Jr. and Sen. Antonio Trillanes IV are proposing the establishment of a national identification system, in which every Filipino including those abroad would be issued a national ID card.

The ID card would provide identification for Filipino citizens and would be sufficient for all transactions requiring proof of identification with both the government and the private sector.

Under the proposed bill, all Filipinos would be required to register their personal information with the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA), which would issue the national ID cards. For Filipinos working or residing abroad, registration and issuance of ID cards would be handled by the Department of Foreign Affairs through its embassies and consulates.

When the national ID card is presented to any state agency or private entity, no other proof of identification would be required. Failure to present a national ID card would not be a ground for the denial of the service being sought.

Violators of the proposed law would face imprisonment of six months to two years or a fine of PhP50,000 to PhP500,000, or both at the discretion of the court.

The Filipino ID shall be made of tamper-proof security material. It shall have on its face the imprinted photograph, name, birth date, sex, date of issue, signature of owner, the corresponding individual serial number issued by the PSA and other relevant data to include biometrics. (R.G.  A A. Go)