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Diokno bullish on national ID system

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Budget Secretary Benjamin Diokno believed the proposed national ID system would be passed into law soon.

On March 21, Diokno told reporters the Senate already approved its version of the measure, authored by Senator Panfilo Lacson. While the Congress also gave a nod to its version of the bill last September.

Diokno was optimistic the lawmakers could sort out their differences this coming Lenten break.

“I think there are no major disagreements between the House version and the Senate version. So again, probably as soon as they convene, they will just ratify (it),” he said.

“In the meantime, we’re doing all the work we can do to push the national ID system. As you know, there’s already a budget for that, PHP2 billion, in the 2018 budget,” he added.

Diokno said the administration has already allocated budget for the said unified national ID system.

The ID will have information of the holder’s demographic details, such as name, sex, date of birth, place of birth and address and will reduce the need for at least 33 sectoral IDs currently being issued by various government agencies.

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