CBCP backs establishment of nat’l ID system

MANILA-- An official of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of the Philippines-Public Affairs Committee (CBCP-PAC) expressed support on the proposal for a national identification (ID) system.

Fr. Jerome Secillano, CBCP-PAC Executive Secretary said the public should not be afraid of divulging pertinent informations about themselves as they also providing such details to some institutions.

"I am for it. There is nothing to fear about such an ID system since many of us have been giving info of ourselves to some other institutions and it would be the same info we will give," he said.

But, the Catholic priest noted that the proponents of the measure should ensure that it would serve its purpose, noting that it must not be a duplication of other IDs issued by other government agencies.

"But the government should be more prudent in determining its usefulness since it may just be a duplication of the different IDs we have from the many public institutions such as Commission on Elections, Social Security System, Land Transportation Office, Government Service Insurance System, Bureau of Internal Revenue, etc.," Secillano said.

He added, "Why not simply access info. from these institutions and let those not registered yet be ID'd?"

Last week, the House of Representatives-Committee on Population and Family Relations approved a bill seeking to consolidate all existing government-initiated ID systems into one integrated and efficient Filipino ID system.

Source: Philippines News Agency