PASADENA, CA – FEBRUARY 20: Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte and his Philippine National Police Chief Director General Ronald dela Rosa attend a news conference at the National Palace in Manila, Philippines on February 20, 2020.
(Photo by Jonathan Ernst/Reuters) Philippine President Duterte and Philippine National Public Opinion Director Ronald delos Santos attend a press conference in Manila on February 19, 2020, ahead of the Philippine Senate’s ratification of a biometric identification bill that the government has been pushing since November 2016.
(AP Photo/John Vizcaino) Philippine Senate President Manny Pacquiao delivers a speech during a press briefing in Manila to mark the official start of the implementation of a new biometric identity card system.
(Javier Perez/Reuters Images) A Philippine Air Force plane lands in Cebu on January 27, 2020 in preparation for the arrival of the US military’s first MH-53E cargo plane to the Philippines.
(Philippine Air Force via AFP/Getty Images) Philippines President Rodrigo Aquino waves as he attends the Presidential Palace in Mandaluyong, Philippines, on January 25, 2020.(Dennis Brack/AFP/Getty) PAPU, Philippines – FEB.
18: A military helicopter flies over the Philippine capital of Manila on Feb. 5, 2020 to celebrate the official arrival of MH-55A of the United States Air Force on the USS George H.W. Bush, as a Boeing B-52 Stratofortress flies over Tacloban.(Philippine Armed Forces via AFP) The Philippines’ new biometrics passport program was announced in November, as the government sought to provide its citizens with a means of identification that would complement the country’s existing passports and create a more secure way to cross international borders.
The program was rolled out across the country in late December.
But it is expected to be rolled out to more than 3 million people by early 2020, with a pilot program set to begin next month.
Philippine citizens can register for a passport through the Department of Public Safety’s new online portal.
But, for the first time, the program will be offered in the Philippine National Capital Region (PNR).
PNP Chief Insp.
Robert Garcia said the PNR will be the main hub for the new biocode system.
The Philippines, a predominantly Catholic country with a strong Muslim population, has a large Muslim population but a Christian majority, making it a prime candidate for the biocoding program, Garcia said.
“This is a new program, a new way to give access to ID cards, and the biometric passports will be a great way to help ensure that our citizens are safe,” Garcia said in an interview with ABS-CBN News.
“It’s also a good way to integrate biometrically into our social and economic life.”
Garcia said he believes that the new system will help reduce crime and corruption in the Philippines by making people more aware of their rights and their rights to privacy.
The new biotecodes will also provide more data to law enforcement, he added.
“We will also be able to track this, to ensure that there are no human rights violations, and to prevent these abuses, so that the law can be enforced,” Garcia added.
The PNP launched the biometrical passports program last November in a bid to fill the gaps in its passport programs, which have long been plagued by fraud and inefficiencies.
It also hopes to improve the efficiency of the Philippines’ national ID cards.
“For the first year of the program, the Philippines will be one of only two countries in the world that does not offer a biometric passport,” Garcia told the Manila Times last November.
The pilot program will initially run in the PNPR, but Garcia said it would expand to the entire country as soon as the system can be implemented safely.
The biocodes will include fingerprint, iris scan and facial recognition information, and they will also include the fingerprints of those who have been fingerprinted.
The Philippine National Identification Card (PNIC), also known as the Philippine Passport, was introduced in the late 1970s to replace the old Passport of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The first biometric ID cards were issued in 1996 and replaced the old Philippine Passports in 2001.
The current passports, which are currently used to travel internationally, have been in use since 2003.
PNP Director General Rolando Espinosa said the new passports will also help improve the Philippines’s security.
“The biometric IDs will also serve as a better way of verifying that all people are who they claim to be, and that there is no identity fraud or any other type of fake documents,” Espinosi told AFP news agency on Saturday.
“And it will help in the fight against terrorism and organised crime, and will also allow us to track the movements of those involved in criminal activities.”
Espinoso said the Philippines was also