Lacson pushes for faster National ID rollout
Presidential candidate Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson is pushing for a faster rollout of the National ID system to help Filipinos cope with the pandemic. Lacson said the National ID could address issues including financial aid and other social services.
“We have to accelerate the rollout of the National ID system. It will solve a lot of issues including ayuda, social services, and minimize graft and red tape,” he said at the Pandesal Forum on Thursday.
Lacson said the National ID system, along with digitalization and inter-operability of systems in government agencies, would minimize corruption.
He noted that while many have voiced doubts about the National ID before it was signed into law, they now realize its importance, especially during the pandemic.
Lacson was one of the authors and the principal sponsor of the National ID System Law (Republic Act 11055) in the Senate. He had been pushing for the passage of the measure since his first term as senator in 2001. In earlier interviews, the senator had said that it will especially alleviate the sufferings of the less privileged.
“The lack of identification creates formidable barriers for the downtrodden and the poor, and creates even larger barriers between the government and the people,” he said.