Personal delivery: Duterte gets new national ID from NEDA chief Chua

Published March 4, 2021, 1:00 PM

by Genalyn Kabiling

President Duterte is now a proud holder of the new national identification card.

The President got his brand new Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) ID card from acting National Economic and Development Authority (NEDA) chief Karl Kendrick Chua in Malacañang Wednesday.

President Rodrigo Roa Duterte receives his national identification card from National Economic and Development Authority Acting Secretary Karl Kendrick Chua at the Malacañan Palace on March 3, 2021 (ACE MORANDANTE/ PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO)

Chua delivered the President’s national ID more than a month after his registration based on the photos released by the Palace to the media. Executive Secretary Salvador Medialdea and the President’s former assistant and now Senator Christopher Go also received their new national IDs from the socio-economic planning chief.

The President applied for the national ID when Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) personnel arranged a mobile registration center placed at the Palace last January 21. In the photos released to the media, the President was seen submitting his biometric information to government personnel during the registration.

In August 2018, President Duterte signed into law the national ID system that will harmonize and integrate several government IDs. under Republic Act No. 11055 or the Philippine Identification System Act, the ID card will contain the bearer’s full name, image, date and place of birth, address, fingerprints, marital status, among others. The national ID program seeks to promote good governance, enhanced governmental transactions, and enhance a better environment for trade and commerce.

President Duterte earlier expressed frustration that the national ID system has not been fully implemented two years since it was signed into law. Duterte said a single identification program could have facilitated the swift distribution of financial aid to sectors affected by the pandemic.