Hindi lang kontra krimen: Ping explains how national ID system can be used for free hospitalization

Senator Panfilo Lacson is hoping Congress will finally support a measure seeking to establish a national identification system in the country.

According to Sen. Lacson, a national ID system can be useful not only for curbing crimes but also for providing free hospitalization and other basic services.

Lacson said the national ID system will make it easier for government to identify the “real poor” and give them the needed assistance.

“Easier to identify the real poor and give them free hospitalization and other assistance with a national ID reference card system,” he said

Last year, Lacson filed Senate Bill 41, the proposed National Reference System Act of 2016.

The bill aims to give the public an easier time transacting with government agencies, while helping law enforcers deter criminality and terrorism.

Lacson, in an earlier tweet, noted he already filed such a bill several times in the past, and hopes the 17th Congress will pass the measure this time.

“National ID Reference System Act. I can’t remember how many times I’ve filed the bill. I hope the 17th Congress will mind it this time,” he said

Way back in 2008, senator Lacson support for plans to implement a national ID system and urged Malacañang to certify as urgent the national ID bill he filed at the start of the 14th Congress.

"A national ID system is a great benefit, with the proper safeguards and the right implementation. If Mrs. Arroyo is serious about having a national ID system benefit the people, she merely has to certify the bill I filed as urgent," Lacson said.

"By providing one single code to each and every citizen of the Philippines at birth and a reference card carrying their number, among other information at an age when a person may begin to actively participate in society – we not only help a person integrate himself into our society, but we also simplify any transaction that the person may have with the various agencies of government as well as with private entities," Lacson stated in his bill.

"Moreover, the (rise in) criminality and the continuing challenge of terrorism have rendered the need for a national identification system urgent. In the context of efforts to fight criminality, terrorism and lawlessness, the proposed national reference card shall help facilitate the processes of apprehension and prosecution of those who have committed violations of the law," he added.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier said he will leave to Congress to decide on the proposed national ID system in the country.

Source:  Politiko/gma news

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