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March 14, 2018



Breakfast with Ben

Breakfast with Ben is a weekly informal and casual discussion of Department of Budget and Management Secretary Benjamin Diokno with media to talk about the latest news on the budget, economic reforms and government policies.


March 14, 2018


8:30 AM – 10:30 AM


DBM Executive Lounge, DBM, General Solano St., San Miguel, Manila


1. DBM Secretary Benjamin E. Diokno
2. DBM LGRCB Dir. Leila Magda Rivera
3. Green Green Green Project Director Julia Nebrija


1. Green Green Green Local Government Support Fund: Assistance to Cities Program
2. National ID System

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Press Release:

The proposed National Identification System has already been sponsored in the Senate, with Senator Panfilo Lacson delivering the bill’s sponsorship message on Monday, March 12, at the Senate Session Hall.

Senate deliberations shall commence this week, and DBM Sec. Benjamin Diokno is hopeful that the bill will be passed into law as early as next week.

The corresponding house bill on the National ID System, HB 6221, has been approved by the Lower House on third and final reading last September 2017.

SB 1738, entitled, “An Act Establishing the Philippine Identification System” will establish a single national identification system referred to as the “Philippine Identification System” or the “PhilSys” for  all citizens and resident aliens of the Philippines. This unified system would promote seamless delivery of service, improve the efficiency, transparency, and targeted delivery of public and social  services, and enhance administrative governance.

In addition, the National ID is expected to reduce corruption, curtail bureaucratic red tape, avert fraudulent transactions and misrepresentations, strengthen financial inclusion, and promote ease of doing business.

Consequently, every Filipino and resident alien of the country shall be identified through the use of a unique and permanent PhilSys Number (PSN), which is randomly generated. It shall be the standard number assigned to each individual to be incorporated in all identification systems of government agencies.

National ID vs. UMID

Currently, the most harmonized identification system that the Philippines has is the Unified Multi-purpose ID or UMID, which is issued to the members of the Social Security System (SSS), Government Service Insurance System (GSIS), Philippine Health Insurance Corporation (PhilHealth), and the Home Development Mutual Fund (Pag-IBIG Fund).

However, the UMID only covers less than 20% of the population since the start of its implementation and enrollment process in 2010. Hence, the UMID is not enough to solve the inconvenience and unnecessary and costly redundancies of multiple government ID systems.

On issues of privacy

Indiscriminate data collection may pose risks to individual privacy. Such is the reason why privacy remains to be one of the main concerns surrounding the establishment of a national ID system.

As such, data to be collected by the Philippine Registry for the national ID shall be limited to demographic information such as: a) Name; b) Sex; c) Date of Birth; d) Place of Birth; and e) Address.

Other information such as Mobile Number and E-mail address of the cardholder are optional. Also, Biometrics information to be collected include facial image, full set of fingerprints, iris scan and if necessary, other identifiable features of an individual as may be determined.

Funding the National ID

            For FY 2018, funding for the national ID system amounting to PhP 2 Billion has already been made available under the budget of the Philippine Statistics Authority, as provided in the General Appropriations Act.

The Department of Budget and Management (DBM) is launching “Green, Green, Green,” a unique assistance program that aims to make the country’s 145 cities more livable and sustainable through the development of public open spaces. “Green, Green, Green” is a component of the Duterte administration’s massive national infrastructure development program, “Build, Build, Build”.

P2.5 billion has been appropriated for the program in the 2018 national budget. The allocation for each city was computed based on their respective population counts and land area measurements.

“Green, Green, Green” will help city governments create forest parks, arboretum, and botanical gardens; improve the livability of urban areas through various activities and methods such as landscaping, turfing, and tree planting; and transform streetscapes through the installation of eco-friendly street furniture, fixtures, and shading.

In addition, the city governments will increase connectivity and accessibility of public open spaces by creating bike lanes and walkways, and enhance sustainability through the construction of green infrastructure like bioswales and pervious surfaces, which aid during rainy season and flooding.

DBM will gather city mayors and two LGU officers from each local government in a technical workshop which will begin on March 15, 2018. Discussions will focus on the importance of establishing and maintaining well-designed public open spaces in an urban area, as well as the best practices and lessons on designing public open spaces in the Philippines.

Award-winning landscape architect and urban planner, Paulo Alcazaren, and landscape architect and UP College of Architecture lecturer, Faith Dumaligan will be the resource speakers for the workshop.

The technical workshop on “Green, Green, Green” will be led by DBM Assistance to Cities Program Manager Julia Nebrija and Local Government and Regional Coordination Bureau Director Leila Magda Rivera.

For more information, read “Livable Cities: DBM launches assistance program for developing vibrant and sustainable public open spaces” ( or visit


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