MANILA – Opposition Sen. Franklin Drilon as soon as once more defended the Philippine Identification System Act (PhilSys Act), saying it may be an efficient device in stopping fraudulent transactions.
Drilon urged the Philippine Statistics Authority (PSA) to be extra open in sharing information related to service supply for the PhilSys Act to be more practical.
“The institution of a single nationwide ID system and an efficient information sharing between and amongst authorities companies might assist forestall fraudulent transactions from arising sooner or later,” Drilon mentioned.
Among the many situations cited by Drilon was the alleged refusal of the PSA to substantiate whether or not the sufferers of a dialysis heart claiming advantages with the Philippine Well being Insurance coverage Corp. (PhilHealth) had died.
Drilon mentioned the straightforward sharing of knowledge might assist forestall fraudulent transactions such because the “ghost dialysis” remedy controversy that plagued the PhilHealth which prompted the federal government billions of pesos.
“The actual fact of loss of life will not be a delicate private data that PSA ought to withhold, significantly if it includes the disbursement of public funds,” Drilon mentioned. “What hazard wouldn’t it pose to the deceased particular person, or his or her household, if PhilHealth is aware of that she or he is already lifeless?”
“None. That is only a factual query answerable by simply sure or no, however is essential for PhilHealth and different companies disbursing public funds for the advantages of claimants to know as a way to confirm the legitimacy of a declare and stop faux, unlawful and fraudulent transactions,” he added.
Drilon’s legislation mandates the institution of a single nationwide identification system for all Filipinos, right here and overseas, as a way to improve the supply of fundamental companies to the general public and get rid of corruption, amongst others.
Beneath the nationwide ID system, a standard reference quantity might be given to all Filipinos containing important data reminiscent of full identify, deal with, date, native land, intercourse, civil standing, signature, date of card issuance, together with a latest photograph./PN