Online SIM registration is free of charge


The SIM Registration Act said that end-users do not have to pay an additional cost while registering their SIM cards as more Filipinos had questions about the new regulation.

The "registration required under this Act shall be implemented at no cost to the end-users," according to Section 6 of Republic Act No. 11934 (SIM Registration Act).

The public is also interested in learning how SIM cards will be registered. The online SIM registration process is being pushed for, according to the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT).

Physical registration will be inconvenient, according to DICT secretary Ivan John Uy, as people have a tendency to crowd around registration booths.



The preferable method [of registering a SIM] will be online, according to Uy, "dahil sa dami po [ng tao] at hindi po kaya na i-physical," he said.

(Due to the enormous number of people, physical registration is not practical and online registration will be favored.)

The best case scenario, according to Uy, is when everyone registers and submits their verified documents—such as their passport, driver's license, SSS, GSIS, or PhilHealth cards—online.

 

All registration and submission of verifiable papers, such as a passport or driver's license or SSS, GSIS, or PhilHealth cards, must be done online in order to be verified (that's the ideal scenario).

May 144 to 150 million po ang mga prepaid [SIM] cards na-issue, according to Uy. "Mahirap po ang on-site registration dahil madudumog po ng mga tao ang places na 'yan at di ho kaya," said Uy.

There are 144 to 150 million prepaid [SIM] cards that have been issued, making on-site registration challenging because of the crowds that will gather there.

 

 Republic Act 11934, also known as the SIM Registration Act, was signed by President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. (PBBM) on October 10, 2022. It requires all public telecommunications entities (PTEs) or direct sellers of SIM cards to require SIM users to present a valid identification document with a photo when purchasing a SIM card.

All current postpaid and prepaid SIM customers must register within 180 days, or roughly six (6) months, after the law's taking effect in order to avoid deactivation.

According to Uy, a person may register numerous SIM cards so long as they are correctly identified.

There are no restrictions [on the number of SIMs that can be registered], and the SIM card's owner must be accurately verified, according to Uy.

 

The owner of the SIM card must be correctly identified; there is no restriction on the number of SIMs that may be registered.

A government-issued identification card, such as a Philippine passport, driver's license, national ID card, SSS/GSIS card, UMID card, NBI clearance, PhilHealth ID, voter's ID, or TIN ID, would be required of registrants in the meanwhile.

The implementing rules and regulations for the new law are now being written, according to Uy, by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) (IRR).

 

After being published in the Official Gazette for 15 days, the SIM Registration Act will become effective, according to Uy.

So once that is done, IRR must be submitted to the NTC within sixty (60) days, and registration must be completed by one hundred eighty (180) days or anim na buwan, according to Uy.

(Once it occurs, the registration will last for 180 days, or six months, and the IRR may be released in as little as 60 days.)

source: GMA News

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