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BSP’s Bruce Tolentino wants national ID ASAP

A member of the Monetary Board has underscored the need to immediately implement the national ID system to help the government dispense aid in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

A member of the Monetary Board has underscored the need to immediately implement the national ID system to help the government dispense aid in response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Bruce Tolentino, former head of the International Rice Research Institute, cited a report by World Bank expert Mari Pangestu, which said that economies that didn’t have a complete database of citizens had a hard time finding informal sector workers who need cash aid during the lockdowns.

“We need the national ID ASAP!,” Tolentino said.

Although 200 countries and territories have planned or implemented social-protection measures in response to the pandemic, many governments have struggled to identify informal workers who are not covered by existing welfare programs or social-security schemes for formal-sector employees.

Social-distancing rules and quarantines have made it even more challenging to help those in need.

President Rodrigo Duterte had earlier instructed NEDA acting Secretary Karl Chua to roll out the Philippine ID System this year.

 

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