The Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) ID will provide convenience to holders through ease in transacting with government agencies, Sen. Panfilo Lacson said on Wednesday.
“As the author and principal sponsor of the measure in the Senate, I can say with certainty that the national ID system is more incentive-based rather than punitive in its intent and purpose,” Lacson said in a message to reporters.
“Having said that, more than the security and other similar considerations, this law is designed for the government to provide more efficient social services to our people, not to mention the convenience and ease that our people can transact business with government agencies as well as private entities,” he added.
Malacanang was briefed on the implementation of PhilSys by National Economic Development Authority (NEDA) chief Secretary Ernesto Pernia during Monday’s Cabinet meeting.
The Duterte administration is set to have a pilot registration to PhilSys from September to December this year.
The government is eyeing 107 million Filipinos registered under PhilSys by the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term on June 2022.