Nothing to worry about the National ID System, PNP chief Gen. Cascolan assured the public.

“If you are a good citizen, there is nothing to be afraid of. If you are following rules and regulations, it will be good for everybody.”

Since 2018, the PNP has brushed aside concerns saying the system could be a tool in preventing and combating criminal activities.

Reports say nine million Filipinos—five million household heads and other adult household members—in 32 provinces will be registered under the Philippine identification system (PhilSys) from October to December.

The selected provinces host most of the 40-percent poorest families in the country but also have low COVID-19 cases.

These 32 provinces are: Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Tarlac, Bulacan, Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Cagayan, Isabela, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Camarines Sur, Albay, Masbate, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Occidental, Compostela Valley and Tawi-Tawi.

RA No. 11055 or the PhilSys Act seeks to establish a single national identification system for all citizens and resident aliens through the collection of basic personal information and biometric data.


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