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Distribution of voters ID cards suspended.

By Leslie Aquino

The distribution of the voters identification (ID) cards has been suspended.

Commission on Elections (COMELEC) spokesman James Jimenez said it was suspended earlier this month due to the recent approval of a bill seeking to establish a national ID system.

"This is due to the approval by the House of Representatives of a bill seeking to establish a national ID system, which calls for only one ID for all government transactions," he said.

Jimenez said that also put on hold is the generation of the voters ID.

The voter ID card is issued to a registered voter, whose biometrics data, namely photograph, fingerprints and signature, have been successfully captured digitally.

In September, the House of Representatives approved on third and final reading House Bill 6221 which seeks to establish a single, unified and streamlined national identification system in the country.

Known as the "Filipino Identification System," the bill calls for the establishment of a National Identification Database System, to be known as the National Identification System or "FilSys."

The National ID System shall provide a valid proof of identity and an efficient official identity verification of all citizens of the Republic of the Philippines.

FilSys shall gradually synchronize and consolidate all existing government-initiated identification systems into one integrated identification system.

Private entities and establishments are mandated to accept the FilID as a valid proof of identity of the individual, without requiring other or additional documents.

Government agencies that shall implement the FilSys are the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT); Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA); Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG); Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE); PSA; Government Service Insurance System (GSIS); Social Security System (SSS); Commission on Elections (Comelec); National Privacy Commission (NPC); Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC); PhilHealth; HDMF or Pag-IBIG Fund; Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR); Local Civil Registrar Offices (LCROs); Land Transportation Office (LTO); and the Philippine Postal Services (PPS).



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Title Annotation:National
Publication:Manila Bulletin
Date:Dec 12, 2017
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