The government will pilot test the national ID system from September to December this year, Malacañang said Tuesday.

Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said a “substantial” number of Filipinos will be registered for the initial run of the system which eyes to cover 107 million Filipinos by the end of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term in 2022.

“There will be a pilot testing which will run from September to December 2019 to register a substantial number of Filipinos nationwide,” he said Tuesday.

“By the end of the President’s term in 2022, 107 million Filipinos are targeted to be registered,” he said.

Duterte, in August last year, signed The Philippine System Identification Act (PhilSys Act) which paves the way for a national ID system.

The PhilSys Act mandates the government to create a single official identification card for all citizens and foreign residents that would serve as a de facto national identification number.

Under the law, the national ID shall contain a person’s Philippine Identification System number, full name, gender, blood type, date of birth, place of birth, marital status, address, and a front facing photo.

This article was originally published on ABS-CBN News on June 11, 2019.

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