Gov’t to implement unified ID system in March

January 7, 2010 11:02 pm 

CALAUAN, Laguna, Jan. 7 — A unified identification (ID) system will be implemented this year with the signing in the first quarter of the memorandum of agreement among the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Health Insurance Corp. (PhilHealth), and Home Development Mutual Fund (PagIbig).

SSS administrator Romulo Neri, who is spearheading the national ID system, made the announcement during the signing of Republic Act 9903, condoning penalties on un-remitted SSS premium contributions by employers.

“By March, we will be printing two million IDs,” said Neri. “We expect to print 12 million IDs in five years,” said Neri.

Initially, the unified ID system was intended to be used also for the poll automation of the Commission on Election (Comelec).

“Since Comelec has not completely finished its registration and other concerns, then we strongly doubt we can push through with it. Besides, we do not want to make it appear that we are doing this for the election,” said Neri.

The national ID system was revived by the Armed Forces of the Philippines in January 2007 during a command conference with President Arroyo at Camp Aguinaldo.

In September 2008, the SSS spearheaded the project with a common reference number to be issued by the National Statistics Office (NSO) based on its database. (PNA)

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