THE Philippine Identification System (PhilSys) or the national ID program will help speed up the digitalization of the government's programs, Finance Secretary Benjamin Diokno said.

Diokno told reporters Friday that PhilSys would help bring the programs to the next level by providing a verified database of recipients, which would result in reduced fraud and leakages.

He cited as example the efforts of the Bureau of Internal Revenue to ensure the effective and efficient tax collection.

"Kasi minsan tatlo, apat na trabaho ka, 'di ba? Nakakalusot 'yun 'di ba? So dapat bawat job mo, ipapasok mo dapat 'yung [national] ID mo (Some people have three or four jobs, right? Some of them don't declare it. You need to declare the details of your national ID for every job you have)," he said.

"So the day will come na siguro AI (artificial intelligence) na lang ang gagawa noon (maybe someday AI will do the task). Lahat ng pumapasok na income tapos iyong national ID mo, ia-assemble niya (It will consolidate all your income and verify it with your national ID). Papadalhan ka niya na sabi (It will send you a message saying), 'This is our estimate of your income. Do you agree or disagree?' sa email (through email)," he said.

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The national ID will replace all existing identification cards provided by the government except passports and driver's licenses.

Diokno said that during the House of Representatives' deliberations of the proposed P5.268-trillion national budget for 2023 last August, the government was looking at ways to use the national ID to cut back on fraud and leakages in its cash transfer and subsidy programs.

Leakages have always plagued the government's cash transfer programs, including the unconditional cash transfers and Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program.

"The most efficient way to do this is by requiring all the citizens to have a national ID. We are thinking along the lines of maybe limiting the beneficiaries to those who have [a] national ID," Diokno said.