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Lucy Torres: Implement national ID law for better Covid-19 tracking

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Leyte Rep. Lucy Torres-Gomez on Monday renewed her call for the implementation of the national ID system law, which she argued would help government deal with the coronavirus pandemic better.

“One of the biggest challenge for the government during the Covid-19 pandemic is the dissemination of the social amelioration programs. Issues started to arise when government agencies encounter inconsistencies on the list of qualified individuals within a jurisdiction,” she said.

“Unfortunately in the Philippines, the most comprehensive list of citizens that we have is for the voters’ registration, which even until now is not a 100 percent transparent to the number of our citizens,” Gomez said.

Unlike other neighboring countries, the Philippines has yet to implement a nationwide system or database for community monitoring, she noted.

Gomez said she recently filed House Resolution 937 urging the national government to fast track the integrated implementations of the Philippine Identification System Act, also known as Republic Act 11055, and the Community-Based Monitoring System Act or RA 11315.

“The country needs a system that would record all the information of our citizens. This is not to invade their privacy but to actually protect them for national emergencies such as the Covid-19 pandemic,” she said.

Gomez said that “if we have information about every individual living in the country saved in a database when this pandemic happened, imagine how easy it will be for the government and local officials to extend help for all our constituents.”

“We won’t have to go through a tedious process of eliminating who’s qualified or not. We could have already identified it in a simple click,” she said.