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Philippines Plans ID System to Get Its Poorest Residents on the Map

  • Program will give Filipinos access to banking services, jobs
  • Fintech companies see boost given high mobile-phone ownership
Rodrigo Duterte after signing the Identification System Act in Manila on Aug. 6.

Rodrigo Duterte after signing the Identification System Act in Manila on Aug. 6.

Photographer: Ted Aljibe/AFP/Getty Images

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Mayalyn Magracia is one of millions of undocumented Filipinos.

“Like an alien,” is how the housekeeper in Manila describes what she felt when she discovered she had no birth record.