Government records have to be digitized to allow for “secure and seamless” access to public services, President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. said on Monday.

In his first State of the Nation Address, Marcos Jr. said these records should be stored in a way that would make them more accessible across different government agencies.

“The voluminous records stored in the government warehouses and archives have to be digitized. Those that are already stored in various inventories of data should be harmonized and shared across departments and agencies,” he said.

Marcos Jr. has repeatedly said he wanted to “streamline the government” to improve and make efficient its functions.

To give way for this “digital transformation,” Marcos Jr. said the National ID would play a huge part.

“The National ID will play an important part in this digital transformation. For citizens to be able to seamlessly transact with government, their identity must be verifiable,” he said.

The government is “expecting” to issue 30 million physical IDs and 20 million digital IDs by the end of the year, the president said. John Ezekiel J. Hirro