Ang executive order na nagtatakda sa Philippine Identification (PhiIID) o Philippine Identification System Number (PSN) bilang sapat na pruweba ng pagkakakilanlan para sa lahat ng transaksyon sa pribado at pampublikong sektor ay magreresulta sa mas mabilis na proseso hindi lamang para sa mga Pinoy kundi para na rin sa mga foreigners na nakatira at may negosyo sa bansa.
Binigyang papuri ni Partido Reporma standard-bearer Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson ang paglagda ni Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte sa naturang executive order.
“Thank you President Rodrigo Duterte for this. Being an author/sponsor of the measure in the Senate and a longtime advocate of the National ID system like you, I support you unequivocally in this regard,” ani Lacson sa kanyang Twitter account nitong Miyerkules.
An executive order institutionalizing the acceptance of the Philippine Identification (PhiIID) or Philippine Identification System Number (PSN) as sufficient proof of identity in all private and government transactions will mean better and easier lives for Filipinos as well as foreign nationals residing and doing business in the Philippines.
Partido Reporma standard-bearer Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson thus hailed Wednesday President Rodrigo Duterte’s signing of an executive order to the effect.
“Thank you President Rodrigo Duterte for this. Being an author/sponsor of the measure in the Senate and a longtime advocate of the National ID system like you, I support you unequivocally in this regard,” he said on his Twitter account.
Malaking papel ang gagampanan ng National ID system sa pagsugpo sa cybercrime sa ilalim ng pamumuno ni Senador Ping Lacson sakaling mahalal siya bilang Pangulo sa Mayo 2022.
Ayon kay Lacson na standard-bearer ng Partido Reporma, magiging bahagi ito ng kanyang “holistic” na hakbang kung saan involved ang “people,” “processes” at “technology.”
“Napakamabisa nito hindi lang sa pagtugon sa tutulungan ng national government sa ayuda, pero ito rin ang magbibigay ng ngipin sa law enforcement para ating seguridad, pati nahagip ng cybercrimes mahuhuli,” ani Lacson sa naganap na KBP presidential candidates forum nitong Biyernes.
The National ID system can play a key role in thwarting cybercrime under a Lacson presidency.
Partido Reporma presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson said this should be part of a holistic approach that also involves people, processes, and technology.
“Napakamabisa nito hindi lang sa pagtugon sa tutulungan ng national government sa ayuda, pero ito rin ang magbibigay ng ngipin sa law enforcement para ating seguridad, pati nahagip ng cybercrimes mahuhuli (The National ID system can help not only in the distribution of aid, but also in the apprehension of those involved in cybercrimes),” Lacson said at the KBP presidential candidates forum on Friday.
Kaya ba ng Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) na agad na matugunan ang mga isyu tungkol sa National ID?
Tinanong ng netizens si Senador Ping Lacson, na may akda at principal sponsor ng National ID Law, kung ano ang sanhi ng delay sa delivery ng National ID cards matapos niyang i-post sa Twitter na natanggap na niya ang kanyang card nitong Biyernes, Enero 28.
Halos isang taon ang nakalipas bago nakuha ni Lacson ang kanyang PhilSys card matapos siyang mag-register dito noong Peb. 4, 2021. Aniya, marami ang nagtatanong, kabilang na ang OFWs, kung saan at paano mag-apply para makakuha ng ID cards.
Can the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) address these issues soonest?
Netizens have asked Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson, author and principal sponsor of the National ID law, what is causing the delay in the delivery of their National ID cards, after he posted on Twitter that he finally received his card last Friday, Jan. 28.
Lacson – who got his PhilSys card nearly a year after he applied for it on Feb. 4, 2021 – also noted other netizens, including overseas Filipino workers (OFWs), have inquired where and how they can apply for their ID cards.
Ang mas pinabilis at mas maayos na rollout ng National ID at “Made in the Philippines” drive ang tutugon sa kawalan ng trabaho at inflation sa ilalim ng administrasyong Lacson sakaling palarin na mahalal sa 2022.
Sinabi ni Lacson sa lingguhang LACSON-SOTTO Meet the Press forum na ang National ID ay makakatulong sa gobyerno gumawa ng database para i-match ang kasanayan ng isang manggagawa sa mga job opportunities
“Kailangan madaliin para ang database natin malinaw at kitang kita sa skills ng tao para match mo sa job opportunities para mabawasan rate of unemployment,” sabi ni Lacson.
A more efficient rollout of the National ID and a “Made in the Philippines” drive will address joblessness and inflation under a Lacson presidency, Sen. Panfilo “Ping” M. Lacson said Thursday.
Lacson told the weekly LACSON-SOTTO Meet the Press forum that the National ID would help the government create a database to match workers’ skills with job opportunities.
“Kailangan madaliin para ang database natin malinaw at kitang kita sa skills ng tao para match mo sa job opportunities para mabawasan rate of unemployment (We should speed up the rollout of the National ID system so we can create a database that can match people’s skills with available job opportunities. This will address the problem of unemployment),” he said.
Over the past year, we often hear that in the midst of the crises we face, we must seize every opportunity that comes our way. Between you and me, our present reality goes beyond that: crises present not just opportunities but critical junctures through which societies change.
We are fortunate that just within our reach is an arsenal that can transform societies in ways unimaginable. I speak of information technology –one of our anchors for stability in these otherwise uncertain times. It has become more than a tool for progress; it has transformed into a defining force for virtually all societies to survive.
I am glad to speak before all of you for this same agenda: we must harness technology and innovation to adapt to the change of our time.
If the national government is really serious to implement the National ID system and capture as many registrants and serve the purpose of better delivery of social services to our people – including more efficient revenue collection, effective anti-corruption and anti-criminality efforts and the like – they better resolve some pestering issues quickly and surely.
While the National ID law has finally taken off the ground, it has been slowed by several issues – from the controversies that attended the awarding of contracts in outsourcing supply and services, to the crashing of the PSA website due to the unanticipated surge of applicants, and now the long hours of waiting just to register and God knows what else.
The key to the effective implementation of the National ID System or PhilSys Act is our ability to ‘capture the universe’ and encourage as many Filipinos to sign up and register. That much I used as one of my arguments while sponsoring and defending the measure on the Senate floor three years ago.
Finally, it was enacted into law in 2018. It has already taken a long time since its passage and the implementation of the said law is now taking off the ground. If the issues are left unaddressed, it will be another missed opportunity to uplift the lives of our people in more ways than one.
Lacson, one of the authors and the principal sponsor of the measure in the Senate, said the National ID system will promote financial inclusion and streamline government services – both of which are needed at this time.
“The lack of identification creates formidable barriers for the downtrodden and the poor, and creates even larger barriers between the government and the people. Hence, we should push for the implementation of the National ID if we want to further strengthen our response not only against the pandemic, particularly in the roll-out of the much-awaited vaccines, but in many of our future endeavors,” he said at the third annual economic and political briefing of the Colegio de San Juan de Letran Graduate School.
It is said that the Coronavirus pandemic has been the defining global crisis of our time, with over 101.8 million confirmed cases and over 2.19 million deaths globally.
On top of this, the health crisis has also caused unprecedented disruptions in the economy, pushing nations to deep recession that is expected to leave far-reaching and lasting scars in the next decade.
Our country has taken a beating from the global pandemic and its accompanying economic crisis. Almost instantaneously, economic activities were shut down and tolls of deaths bannered our daily news.
As already mentioned by Dean Lopez, just yesterday, the Philippine Statistics Authority reported that the economy contracted by 9.5% in 2020, making it the largest contraction ever recorded, beating the 7% contraction in 1984. This equates to a P1.4-trillion drop in our nominal Gross Domestic Product, our worst since World War II.
While I can easily relate to Philippine Army Commanding General Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay and understand how he feels about the Army officers slain in Sulu, emotions running high at this point is the last thing they need.
For all they know, their common enemies such as the terrorists and armed insurgents are already celebrating the Sulu incident – and even making plans to exploit it.
These enemies of the State and our people, through their legal fronts, are very capable of fanning the flames of animosity between the Armed Forces of the Philippines and the Philippine National Police by creating intrigues to further divide the country’s two major security forces.
In an interview on PTV-4’s Laging Handa public briefing, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
* Why the Anti-Terrorism Bill is urgent [21:12]
* DOH leadership woes in dealing with COVID-19 threat [23:15]
* National ID’s value amid pandemic [24:56]
* Implementing the GMRC Law [28:03]
In an interview on DZRH, Sen. Lacson answered questions on: * criticisms vs Anti-Terrorism Bill, including high-profile personalities [24:23]
* how National ID system can speed up contact tracing [21:45]
I hope the National Economic and Development Authority can fast-track the implementation of the National ID system, as directed by the President.
NEDA should have ample help from the Philippine Statistics Authority as the frontline agency, and the Department of ICT which plays a major role.
The first question is, is the system ready to accept registrants? If so, they should give priority to the marginalized sector, and those targeted for financial assistance because of the COVID-19 crisis.
We only need to look at how much the most prosperous countries spend on R&D to see why we are among the laggards. Even if we bump up the percentage to 1 or 2 percent of the national budget, it would make a major difference.
In an interview on DWIZ, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
* extension of ECQ/lockdown [0:19]
* need for discipline during ECQ [4:07]
* barangay officials’ problems [10:02]
* sayang ang National ID system [14:04]
* May 4 session resumption; options on legislative calendar [18:09]
* test period for DOH Sec Duque [22:40]
“Amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, several elective officials are calling for a ‘full-blown’ and immediate implementation of the National ID System as this would not only aid in the efficient distribution of the social amelioration program currently being implemented by different government agencies, but would also help our law enforcement agencies in fighting crimes and facilitate key government services and transactions, among others.” (co-author with Senate President Sotto)
It is a most difficult decision to strike a balance between flattening the curve of COVID-19 and the looming economic recession due to a wide swath of business inactivity.
Thus, it is better left to those who have almost unlimited access to all the relevant data to decide which is the best course of action to take moving forward.
Having said that, I am sure that if Congress is provided with all those data, we can help in the policy direction.
On the other hand, there is no perfect system of distribution of aid considering the number of families involved in the cash dole-out, further complicated by a less efficient database due to the late implementation of the National ID system.
Just as intelligence information can spell the difference between success and failure in my previous life in intelligence and law enforcement work, data is the key for our policy makers to make the right decisions at this critical time.
But if public figures like Prince Charles, Boris Johnson, Tom Hanks, Christopher de Leon and several of our own legislators had voluntarily and publicly declared they are or were infected, maybe it is time for the “man on the street” – the ordinary Filipinos – to do the same in order to alert those who they had interacted with to take the necessary measures, so that the infection does not spread further.
If their identities are made public voluntarily, even through their barangay bulletins, homeowners’ associations or any social media platforms available, then people who they directly got in contact with can come forward to be tested and treated if needed.
As an elected Senator of the Republic, I appeal to our citizens to practice that selfless act of responsibility to society and do our part in hastening to flatten the curve by thwarting the spread of the virus even in our own little way.
COVID-19 may not be like the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), where there is social stigma attached to the afflicted because it is sexually transmitted in most cases. Nevertheless, it does not diminish the threat that COVID-19 poses not only to those vulnerable but those around them.
A crowd like this always evokes a strong feeling of sentimentality. Like most of you in this hall, I am certainly at the point in my life where I often turn my gaze back over the past and see if those years have really mattered — not only for myself, but for the people who have entrusted me a seat in public office, and for my country that has given me so much in my present life.
Sen. Lacson proposed institutional amendments to the P4.1-trillion national budget for 2020. These include added funding for landmark programs of the administration, such as the PhilSys (National ID) program, the Universal Health Program, and free tuition. He also sought to deduct funding from programs of agencies such as the DPWH and DoTr due to their underutilization of funds, and realign them to more worthwhile projects.
Isinulong ni Senador Panfilo Lacson na madagdagan ang pondo para sa implementasyon ng National ID, Universal Health Care at Quality Tertiary Education sa 2020, sa pamamagitan ng realignment sa ilang malalabong gastusin sa 2020 budget.
“The National ID system needs at least P5.565 billion in 2020 to cover the registration of some 14 million Filipinos and resident aliens. But the proposed 2020 budget presently allocates only P2.4 billion under the unprogrammed fund for it. This amount covers only 6.3 million Filipinos,” pagsisiwalat ng senador.
Several funded items in the P4.1-trillion proposed national budget for 2020 can be realigned to more worthwhile programs to fund three landmark laws passed under the present administration: the PhilSys Act (National ID) program, Universal Health Care Act, and the Universal Access to Quality Tertiary Education Act, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson said.
“There are many items in the 2020 budget that can be realigned for the National ID. One of them is the National Greening Program of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources,” he said in an interview on DZMM Wednesday.
“I just hope we won’t have any more reenacted budget. As we all know by now, it is the economy that is suffering. Having said that, I have some issues and concerns that need to be clarified. If the sponsor is willing to accommodate just a few points I’d like to raise.” – Sen. Lacson’s opening statement at his interpellation (general principles) on the proposed 2020 budget.
In an interview on DZBB/GNTV, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– technology-based solutions to stop corruption at BuCor
– proposed legislation to address BuCor woes
– accusations that the probe is targeting Sen de Lima
At the #MeetInquirer multimedia forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– ‘Hybrid’ budget
– National ID
– President Duterte’s reported thinking of stepping down
– Addressing the problems at BOC
– Pork barrel system
– PDEA’s need to refocus anti-drug strategy
– Sen. Tito Sotto as Senate President
– Political scene 2022
Republic Act 11055 establishes the PhilSys (Philippine Identification System) to provide a valid proof of identity for all citizens and resident aliens to simplify public and private transactions.
PhilSys will also be a social and economic platform through which transactions can be availed of, and shall serve as the link in promoting seamless service delivery, enhancing administrative governance, reducing corruption, strengthening financial inclusion, and promoting ease of doing business.
Matapos na tila ‘matulog sa pansitan’ sa nakalipas na ilang administrasyon, ganap nang naging batas at mapapakinabangan na ng mamamayan ang panukalang National ID ni Senador Panfilo Lacson.
Ang naturang panukala na inumpisahang isulong ni Lacson taong 2001 nang maging senador siya sa unang pagkakataon ay ganap nang nilagdaan ng Pangulong Rodrigo Duterte bilang Republic Act 11055 sa isang seremonyas sa Malacanang.
Ipinaabot ni Lacson ang personal niyang pasasalamat sa Pangulong Duterte dahil bagama’t halos nasa kalagitnaan pa lamang ang termino nito ay napabilang na ang panukala sa mga nalagdaan bilang batas.
Filipinos will now have an easier time transacting with the government and with private entities, after the National ID bill advocated by Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson was finally signed into law by President Rodrigo Duterte.
Lacson said Republic Act 11055, which harmonizes and integrates the redundant government ID cards into a single system, would also help deter criminality.
“At long last, we now have a law that breaks the formidable barriers between government and the downtrodden and the poor due to the lack of identification,” Lacson said.
Lacson is the principal sponsor of the measure, aside from being a perennial author since his first term as senator in 2001.
On the other hand, Lacson expressed thanks to President Duterte, as it was under his term that the national ID system – whose legislative journey spanned four presidencies – saw the light of day.
At the Kapihan sa Senado forum, Sen. Lacson answered questions on:
– Killing of Mayor Halili
– Criminals getting bolder despite anti-crime drive
– Need for PNP to clamp down on loose firearms
– irregularities surrounding PNP acquisition of Mahindra vehicles
– Inflation up to 5.2%
– TRAIN woes
– National ID bill update
– PRRD clarification he never ordered anti-jueteng operations stopped
From the Manila Bulletin: The bill, which has been languishing in the legislative for three decades, has been considered a priority legislation of the Duterte administration. The consolidated version of the measure would be transmitted to Malacañang immediately for the President’s signature.
The proposed National ID measure is closer to becoming a law, after the bicam report was ratified in the Senate on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. It was adopted with only one dissenting vote.
Sen. Lacson, who sponsored the National ID bill in the Senate, led the Senate contingent that tackled the measure at the bicameral conference committee level. “It is my honor to report for consideration of the body the joint explanation of the bicameral conference committee on the disagreeing provisions of House Bill 6221 and Senate Bill 1738.”
From the Manila Times: Lacson said he found the claim of those saying that a national ID would infringe on people’s right to privacy inconsistent, noting that personal information are contained in passports, drivers’ licenses and other government issued IDs.