MANILA – The discrepancies in thedistribution of the financial aid under the national government’s socialamelioration program could have been solved by the national ID system, accordingto President Rodrigo Duterte. The ID will contain the PhilSys number, full name, facial image, sex, date of birth, blood type, and address of the concerned individual. The mass enrollment for the ID system will begin in mid-2020, according to the Philippine Statistics Authority./PN The DSWD plan to distribute P5,000 to P8,000 per month to 18 million Filipinos during the enhanced community quarantine is in chaos due to lack of a reliable and comprehensive database to determine who were eligible for the social amelioration program. Duterte signed the Philippine Identification System Act in 2018, which seeks to harmonize, integrate, and interconnect the countless and redundant government IDs by establishing a single national identification system. “The system should have been in place now if not for the red tape. I will urge the Senate to investigate why this is so when we resume,” Sotto said in a statement. “We passed the national ID system almost two years ago, yet it has not been implemented.” The President also said the government will conduct another rapid survey with the help of local government units to identify those who were not included in the list of the Department of Social Welfare and Development. A National ID system was pushed even during the previous administrations but all these efforts went to naught as most Filipinos felt giving up their privacy was too much to pay for the convenience and security benefits. Meanwhile, Senate President Vicente Sotto III on Tuesday said that the snail-paced implementation of the national ID system should be investigated by the Senate once the session resumes in May. “After a revalidation at malaman na namin, I’m sure Secretary Bautista can act immediately,” Duterte said. “Kung wala ka, maghintay ka and we will come up (with something).” “Itong mga left, kaya kita mo ngayon, wala tayong ID system until now. Kung wala kayo sa listahan, then hindi kayo mabigyan. Hindi na kasalanan ‘yan, ‘wag kayong magsisi sa gobyerno,” he added. “Nagkakaroon tayo ng problema. Hindi ito perfect kaagad,” Duterte said in an address to the nation on late Monday evening. “Kung may ID system lang tayo, naiwasan natin itong mga ‘to.”
The University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team won their third straight game Saturday, outscoring the University of Oklahoma Sooners by 23 in the second half to cruise to a 90-70 victory. The win avenges the team’s close loss a season ago to the out-of-conference foe and marks a big step in the right direction for a Badger squad that started off the season on a rocky note.Wisconsin was again led by one of their dynamic senior scorers as Nigel Hayes posted a season-high 28 points en route to the Badgers’ second consecutive win over a power-five team.Men’s basketball: Senior scorers lead No. 17 Wisconsin to victory over No. 22 SyracuseThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team showed massive improvements for the second consecutive game with a hot start riding Read…The Badgers started off slowly, trailing the Sooners for the entirety of the first half before turning things around in the second. The game was back-and-forth until a crucial turnover with 10 minutes left from Oklahoma sparked a 15-point Badger run.After a layup from Wisconsin sophomore forward Ethan Happ, Oklahoma tried to inbound the ball quickly but was called for stepping over the line in the process. The crowd and the Badgers subsequently erupted, scoring 15 unanswered to take a lead that wouldn’t be relinquished.Hayes posted another impressive performance, leading all players with 28 points and 6 assists on 8-for-13 shooting. It seems as though Hayes has found his form in the last couple of games after a slow start to the season, most likely due to his improved shot selection.“I haven’t told him don’t shoot 3s,” head coach Greg Gard said. “But I’ve just showed him, on paper, in terms of numbers and stats and on film where it makes him most effective and what it does for our team.”Hayes was attempting five three-pointers a game through the first six games of the season, shooting just 29 percent in the process. Over the last three games, Hayes has shot just two three-pointers, making both of them. He’s shot 58 percent over that span, and the Badgers are 3-0.“And that’s always Nigel’s main concern is how can our team be the best,” Gard said. “He’s motivated by winning more than anything else.”The Badgers also saw a spark from freshman D’Mitrik Trice, who stepped up in a game where senior Bronson Koenig wasn’t shooting particularly well, making just 5-for-16 shots.Trice scored a career-high 16 points on 6-for-8 shooting, including going 4-for-4 from beyond the arc. The freshman is now shooting an astonishing 65 percent (13-20) from downtown this season and is earning himself a regular role off the bench for the Badgers.The Badgers also saw 16 points from Koenig and Happ, highlighting the multiple sources of offense UW can draw on. Wisconsin now enters an easier part of their schedule with no ranked opponents before their second Big Ten conference game, taking on a top-ten Indiana University team on the road in January.Men’s basketball breakdown: Wisconsin cruises past Syracuse in top-25 matchupThe University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team rolled to a 77-60 win over Syracuse Tuesday night at the Kohl Center. Read…Wisconsin will be back on the hardwood Wednesday against Idaho State. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at the Kohl Center.