ABS CBN news reports that The Philippine Embassy in the UK believes the Identity Card protect Filipinos who have the right to remain in the UK.
The credit-card sized UK Identity Cards, reported by Immigration Matters last month, will show the holder’s photograph, name, date of birth, nationality and immigration status. A secure electronic chip will also hold their biometric details, including fingerprints, and a digital facial image.
The Government are rolling out the scheme over the next six years, starting with non-EU students and marriage visa holders or those married to British citizens from non-EU countries.
The Philippine Embassy in London supports the scheme and believes it will protect Filipinos with the legal right to remain in the UK.
“What is very positive about this is the fact that there would be protection for legitimate citizens of the country and this is being done in the US and in other countries and the success of its implementation is shown by the fact that most establishments require production of ID photos,” said Philippine ambassador to the UK Edgardo Espiritu.
“As long as you have the ID, you can transact with any establishment. Although there is a psychological fear that it might be used against you. But remember, it will only be used against those who have violated the law and the rules of the country where they are. I think this will help us. I am not against it. In fact, I believe it will ensure more protection,” Espiritu said.