A requirement for Philippine citizens and resident foreigners to register such information as name, sex, date of birth, place of birth, etc. has surfaced to promote electronic payments and as a means to store any biometric data. Nikkei Asia reported:
The country’s current system, in which different agencies issue their own numbers, has been criticized as inconvenient. The new system will grant each person a unique number that can be used across agencies. The government hopes to make financial services more accessible to low-income workers who lack bank accounts as well as facilitate delivery of government services.