Monday, October 10, 2022

SIM Card Registration Act in the Philippines


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President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr.'s decision to approve the law requiring SIM card registration will help the government's fight against text and online scams, according to MalacaƱang.

Due to the proliferation of SMS and online scams, the president decided to sign the legislation.

I think that the majority of Filipinos receive scam SMS on a regular basis; I know that I do. The amount of these messages is becoming obnoxious and can take up time as well as space on your phone, so you may want to delete them.

The SIM Card Registration Act intends to encourage responsibility when using SIM cards and assist law enforcement in locating offenders who commit crimes using mobile devices. 
Under the law, the owner of a SIM card must produce a valid identification document with a photo to any public telecommunications entity(PTE) or direct vendors.

Here are the steps on how to register your SIM cards:
  • SIM Registration Act covers prepaid and postpaid.
  • Within 180 days of the law's taking effect, existing SIM subscribers must register with their public telecommunications entity (PTE).
  • The only way to activate new SIM cards is to register with PTE.
  • Deactivation will follow if you don't register within the specified timeframe.
What are the required information from the user? 

  • Full name
  • Complete address
  • Date of birth
  • Sex
  • Cellphone number and serial number of the SIM card
  • An original and true copy of any of the following documents with photo 
  1. Driver's license
  2. Philippine National ID
  3. SSS/GSIS card
  4. UMID card
  5. Passport
  6. Senior Citizen card
  7. NBI clearance
  8. Police clearance
  9. Firearms license
  10. PRC Id
  11. TIN Id
  12. IBP Id 
  13. OWWA 
  14. Gov't Office
  15. PWD
  16. Student ID for minors
Requirements for Foreign Nationals/ visiting foreigners in the country:

  • Full name
  • Nationality
  • Passport number
  • Address in the Philippines
***documents are needed too. 

Can I buy and register SIM cards for others?

  1. Yes, as long as you are authorized through a notarized special power of attorney.
  2. The principal and the representative must present an original, clear and true valid id with photo.
  3. For minors, a valid id of the minor and the parent with parental consent. 
Should you not register your SIM card: 

Under the law, penalties will be implemented to the following: 

  1. PTE's who will fail and refuse to register a SIM with no valid reason- Php100,000 to Php1M.
  2. Breach of confidentiality- Php500,000- Php4M.
  3. Stolen, fake, providing fake ID's and information- a jail time of 6 months to 2 years and a fine of up to Php300,000.
What can you say about this law regarding SIM Card Registration Act?

Let me know your thoughts in the comment section below. 

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