Thumbprint can be used in national ID system — solon

MANILA-- The mere presentation of fingerprint can be used to validate the identity of Filipinos once the proposed national identification system is enacted into law, a congressman said on Friday.

Negros Oriental Rep. Arnolfo Arnie A. Teves Jr. included this provision in the Filipino Identification System bill to further guarantee a "more secured and fool-proof identification processing" based on existing data technologies.

The provision states that the government will gradually install "state-of-the-art fingerprint-based biometric machines in all relevant agencies for coordination and verification of data and identity."

To recall, the House committee on population and family relations, chaired by Laguna Rep. Sol Aragones, unanimously approved a consolidated version of 18 measures seeking to consolidate all existing government-initiated identification systems into one integrated and efficient Filipino ID system.

The proposal seeks to create a national ID system that will streamline, integrate and simplify public and private transactions in the country.

"The approved bill allows practical adjustments that would make it more convenient and easier for Filipinos to access government service or readily present identification requirements to authorities, said Teves, one of the principal authors of the measure.

"A mere thumbprint, instead of an ID card, may be needed,"he added.

The Filipino ID card or the FilID will be issued to every citizen who will be registered to the national identification database system.

According to Teves, the national ID system aims to simplify the process in public services, reduce redundancy and delay in government services and transactions, eliminate multiple government ID systems, and guarantee a system against fraudulent transactions, misrepresentations and use of false or stolen identity.

The national ID system will ensure the storage of biometrics information which will eventually provide for the processing of identification through fingerprint-based biometrics machines, the lawmaker noted.

"Failure of any cardholder to present the FilID will not be a ground for denial or limitation of the grant of basic government services so long as there is a presentation of appropriate biometric requirements such as fingerprint or thumbprint," Teves said.

The Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) shall implement and oversee the registration through the Local Civil Registry Office (LCRO).

The Filipino ID card may be used in all government transactions including applications for passport, driver's license, availment of services and benefits offered by insurance institutions, clearances from the courts, prosecutor and the police, and other transactions requiring proof of identification.

The initial application and issuance of the Filipino ID card shall be free of charge as part of the government's social service responsibility. A replacement fee shall be paid by the cardholder.

Source: Philippines News Agency