Filipino identification card will promote a progressive society

Two House of Representatives committees endorsed House Bill 5060 or the “Filipino Identification System Act” for plenary approval. Committee on Revision of Laws and Committee on Appropriations chairs said, “The proposed Act shall gradually concert and consolidate all existing Government initiated identification system into one-integrated and efficient identification system.”

Authors of the said act envision to establish a national information system for all Filipinos that will ensure facilitation and streamline government transactions. The act is also expected to help promote a progressive society through an efficient delivery of basic services.

If enacted into law, Philippine Statistics Authority and Department of Foreign Affairs will act as implementing agencies. Filipino residing in the Philippines will apply for Filipino ID card at Local Civil Registrar where he or she is residing. Filipinos abroad will have to register at the nearest Philippine Embassy or Consular Office they are residing.

Any individual who will knowingly provide false information upon registration will be fined P50,000 to P500,000 and/or penalized from six months to two years.

Registration and initial issuance of ID card is free of charge.

Every Filipino will be issued with a lifetime identification number. Filipino ID card will be non-transferable and can only be replaced if the holder is a child and reaches the legal age of eighteen; there is change in given name, last name accepted by law; lost or destroyed card; changed in facial features resulting from aging or medical intervention; or through mandatory renewal of card upon reaching the age of 60.