INSISTING that cedula or the community tax certificate is an unnecessary burden imposed on the Filipino people, a lawmaker on Wednesday pushed for its scrapping adding that it has already lost its significance and value in the present age.
According to Senator Francis “Chiz” Escudero, the cedula, a form of identification, is already useless to people of today because other regular proof of identifications are already available such as passport, driver’s license and other government-issued identification cards.
The cedula was first implemented during the Spanish rule as tax reform in the Philippines. It was issued to all Filipinos upon payment of a residence tax. Nowadays, the cedula serves as proof of one’s payment of community tax.
The community tax certificate is required when, as among others, one acknowledges a document before a notary public, takes an oath of office or is appointed to a government position.
“The cedula now proves to be an unnecessary burden imposed on our people who are required to present it when doing public transactions. It was deemed useless by our forebears during the colonial times, it is more so today” the Senator said.
Escudero in filing Senate Bill 1082 (SB 1082) wants to abolish the use of cedula as a form of identification and repeal the Local Government Code of 1991 provision, authorizing the local government units to impose residence tax.
“Abolishing the cedula practice is also like scrapping a relic of our colonial past. Yes, we must always look back at our past to know where we are going, but the cedula is a thing of the past that should already be buried for its obsolescence,” he added.