By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — If the national government is really serious to implement the National
ID system and capture as many registrants and serve the purpose of
better delivery of social services to our people — including more
efficient revenue collection, effective anti-corruption and
anti-criminality efforts and the like — they better resolve some
pestering issues quickly and surely so said Sen. Ping Lacson Tuesday.
“While the National ID law has finally taken off the ground, it has
been slowed by several issues — from the controversies that attended
the awarding of contracts in outsourcing supply and services, to the
crashing of the PSA website due to the unanticipated surge of
applicants, and now the long hours of waiting just to register and God
knows what else,” Lacson added.
The key to the effective implementation of the National ID System or
PhilSys Act is our ability to ‘capture the universe’ and encourage as
many Filipinos to sign up and register. That much I used as one of my
arguments while sponsoring and defending the measure on the Senate
floor three to four years ago Lacson said.
Finally, it was enacted into law in 2018. It has already taken a long
time since its passage and the implementation of the said law is now
taking off the ground. If the issues are left unaddressed, it will be
another missed opportunity to uplift the lives of our people in more
ways than one. (ai/mtvn)