Long wait for national ID unjustifiable — Poe

Graphic representation of the national ID. INQUIRER.net

MANILA, Philippines — Senator Grace Poe called on the government to address the delays in the printing and delivery of the National ID.

“The government must address the delays in the printing and delivery of the National ID to provide our people a valid proof of identity in one card. The long wait of six months to over a year to get the ID is unjustifiable,” Poe said in a statement on Thursday.

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“The National ID could have been the trusted card used for the speedy distribution of cash aid, fuel vouchers, health benefits, and other basic services that Filipinos desperately need to help tide them over the challenging times,” she added.

Poe, chairperson of the Senate public services committee, said the National ID would have made public and private transactions “less cumbersome and trying.”