CSO pushes for safe ID system


MANILA, Dec. 28  (PIA) --  Bilang Tao Coalition, a civil society organization (CSO) pushes for adoption of principles to ensure a safe, secure and trustworthy  Identification System during the recently held  Dagyaw Forum featuring the topic “Usapang National ID: On-Track Off Track, Safe Ba?”on December 17.

In a research they conducted among other civil society organizations, they found various issues and reservations against the National ID system even before the passage of this law. 

“We had listening  exercises over the past few months. Naka-gather po kami ng mga teams  galing  sa mga civil society organizations na nakita naman talaga yung  pangangailangan para sa mas maayos na ID,” (We had listening exercises over the past few months, from which we gathered teams from civil society organizations and have seen the need for a better ID), Kenneth Isaiah Abante, volunteer of Bilang Tao Coalition shared.

One issue raised is the need for a safe, secure and trustworthy national ID system  for the effective delivery  of public services. He cited that in obtaining a Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) birth certificate  of delayed registration, the processing delivery costs around P1,700 to P3,500, equivalent to  3 to 7  days worth of minimum wage of an ordinary working individual.

Based on social welfare views and first base community involvement, Bilang Tao Ako organization, together with other civil societies, recommended six principles for an effective delivery and issuance of the Philippine ID system: 

1.     Inclusive to all -- The system must thrive to improve and make everyone count; it should not impose economic, social and political costs that can exclude any person; the system must never be used to violate human rights or  to persecute people because of religion, class age, sexual orientation,  gender identity and expression, ability or political belief.

2.     Proportional -- The system must protect an individual’s privacy consistent with the Data Privacy Act of 2012 while making sure that the personal data being used by government are safe and secure and able improve service delivery;

3.     Safe and secure -- The system should put measures to mitigate potential data breaches and violations through implementing secure software, hardware and network systems; operations that require physical interactions must be safe and should follow the latest public health advisories and standards.

4.     Transparent -- The system should inform users who, what, when, where, why and how personal information are being used through simple user-friendly interface and consent form translated into local languages; so citizens must be given digital facilities to exercise control over who and how their data are used.

5.     Accountable -- there should be clearly designated and legally accountable officers at each stage of data processing, from capture, to storage, to use.

6.     Open and interoperable -- The system must avoid a vendor lock-in that ties the government to just a single provider or technology based on the agreed contract period and terms in the bidding. The information technology standards should enable interoperability and highly secure data exchange and interchange.

Abante added their group support the efforts of the National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) and the PSA, the latter of which formulates policies on the birth registration of the Filipinos for the Philippine ID system. (ARR/PIA-IDPD)


Source: Philippines Information Agency (pia.gov.ph)

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