BARMM proposed as national ID pilot area

A MINDANAOAN solon offered the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as pilot area for the implementation of the Philippine Identification  System (PhilSys).

Maguindanao Rep. Esmael “Toto” Mangudadatu made the suggestion as he welcomed marching orders of President Rodrigo Duterte to accelerate the implementation of the PhilSys or the National systemID.

According to Mangudadatu,  Duterte’s directive to the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) and other attached agencies to fast-track the activation of the national ID system is a welcome development for the country, particularly since the COVID-19 pandemic has placed the nation at grave risk and great uncertainty. 

PSA aims to implement the ID system in the following months and is said to be targeting some five million households by end of the year.

“If President Duterte would allow it, I would like to offer the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) as well as Region 12, as pilot areas for the application of the national ID system,” Mangudadatu said.

The lawmaker stressed the national ID could improve and hasten the distribution of government assistance, such as the social amelioration, directly to poor and low-income families.

The solon added it will also eliminate the “palakasan system” and unequal distribution of government goods and services currently happening at local government levels.

He added that the social amelioration is being used as “carrot and stick” scheme against poor families, thus, making them beholden to local officials , leaving them open to abuse and manipulation.

The national ID system will require Filipinos to register by providing their basic information such as their name, sex, date and place of birth, address, and blood type. Photograph, finger and iris scans will also be undertaken.

It can be used to authenticate the identity of a Filipino citizen in all government and private transactions such as the application for any government-issued licenses or documents, school application, bank transactions and voters’ registration.

“I also believe that if the national ID is realized, it can help curb election fraud and in the identification of criminals because the personal information provided will be digitized and centralized kaya poitonaangtamangpanahonparamaipatupadnaang national ID,” Mangudadatu also said.