By Ernie Reyes
Photo courtesy NewLine Philippines
MANILA — To help Filipinos cope with the problems brought about by
the pandemic, Sen. Panfilo M. Lacson pushed Thursday for a faster
rollout of the National ID system.
Lacson, one of the authors and the principal sponsor of the measure in
the Senate, said the National ID could address issues including
“ayuda” and other social services.
He added the National ID system, along with digitalization and
interoperability of systems in government agencies, would minimize the
chances of corruption.
” We have to accelerate the rollout of the National ID system. It will
solve a lot of issues including ayuda, social services, and minimizing
graft and red tape,” he said at the Pandesal Forum.
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 said this will complement the digitalization of the
government’s processes, noting governments like South Korea have
become quite seamless due to it.
Even in China, the customs system is online and has virtually no room
for human intervention.
” Imagine how much we can save from public funds if there is
interoperability of government processes, transactions between and
among government agencies, and with the private sector and government.
There is less human intervention and less corruption, if not a stop to
corruption,” he said. (ai/mtvn)