By Ernie Reyes
Sen. Grace Poe (Photo credit: Wall Street Journal)
MANILA – Senator Grace Poe on Thursday blasted the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) for the delayed printing and distribution of National ID cards which could take about six (6) months to one year.
In a statement, Poe, chairman of the Senate Committee on public services, said that the government must address the delays in the printing and delivery of the National ID to provide our people a valid proof of identity in one card.
“The long wait of six months to over a year to get the ID is unjustifiable,” she said.
Poe said that the National ID could have been the trusted card used for the speedy distribution of cash aid, fuel vouchers, health benefits and other basic services that Filipinos desperately need to help tide them over the challenging times.
“The streamlined information in one card would have made public and private transactions less cumbersome and trying,” she said.
Poe lamented that as it continues to encourage the public to sign up, the Philippine Statistics Authority must ensure the veracity and accuracy of the data in the card and open avenues for modifications if needed.
“With more than half of the population registered, the Filipinos have given the program a chance. It’s high time that the government does its share by delivering the National ID to our citizens without further delay,” she ended. (ai/mtvn)