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Duterte's new ID system aims to give every Filipino bank access

System seen bringing financial inclusion to millions, but raises privacy concerns

A woman walks past a display of fake certificates, diplomas and identity cards in Manila.   © Reuters

MANILA -- The Philippines is introducing a sweeping national identification system aimed at giving every Filipino access to bank accounts and government services.

The 30 billion peso ($562 million) program, signed into law this month, will give more than 100 million Filipinos and resident foreigners a national ID card with a unique 12-digit number. The system will collect information from eye scans and fingerprints, and hold data from addresses to blood types and dates of birth.

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