Gov’t sets national ID system pilot test in September

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 11) — The pilot test for the long-awaited national identification (ID) system begins in September, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo, citing Socioeconomic Planning Secretary Ernesto Pernia and newly-appointed national statistician Dennis Mapa, said the test and registration will take place until December.

“There will be a pilot testing which will run from September to December 2019 to register a substantial number of Filipinos nationwide,” Panelo said in a statement.

The Philippine Identification System Act, signed by President Rodrigo Duterte in August 2018, aims to create a single official identification card for all citizens and resident alien that integrates and interconnects various government-issued IDs.

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Under the law, the national ID will contain ten pieces of demographic information, including the holder's full name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, blood type, address, and whether he or she is a Filipino or an alien.

Three pieces of information will meanwhile be marked as optional: marital status, mobile number, and e-mail address.

Authorities earlier said registration will prioritize persons with disability, senior citizens, and the poor.

The government targets to register 107 million Filipinos by the end of the chief executive’s term, Malacañang added.