Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) secretary Ivan John Uy announced on Wednesday, Jan. 4, that over 11 million SIMs have been registered with their respective telcos as of Jan. 2, based on information provided by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).
In total, 11,219,722 SIMs were registered six days after the period for SIM Registration commenced on Dec. 27, 2022.
Smart Communications recorded the highest number with 5,172,061 SIMs registered. This is closely followed by Globe with 5,030,649 SIMs registered. Dito Telecommunity Corp. also reported 1,017,012 SIMs registered within its system.
Telcos like Smart, Globe, and Dito have provided procedures and guidelines for their registration processes, following the nationwide implementation of Republic Act (RA) 11934 or the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act last December.
Uy emphasized that the law aims to regulate the issuance and use of SIMs, which are essential in operating mobile devices like mobile phones and pocket Wi-Fis. “This is expected to suppress the spread of spam texts and scams using mobile devices,” he said.
The registration may be done online through the websites or applications launched by the telecommunications companies.
Meanwhile, the DICT and the NTC will be extending support to the telcos in facilitating registration in remote areas where Internet connectivity is limited or non-accessible.
Moreover, the DICT said it is encouraging subscribers to register early for a more convenient process, free from tight deadlines. The agency reminded subscribers that some difficulties and errors are expected to occur during the first days of the implementation while the providers fine-tune the implementation of the registration.
It also advised users to report any glitch or issues encountered immediately to the telcos or relevant government agencies to be addressed accordingly.
“We are optimistic through our vigilant enforcement of the provisions of the SIM Registration Act and with the faithful compliance of the private sector, we can ensure the safety of our citizenry, and aid our efforts in pushing for a digital Philippines. We encourage the public to participate and register so we can create a safer cyber community,” Uy asserted.
For complaints and concerns related to SIM registration, users may contact the hotline 1326. They may also reach the DICT through these numbers:
- Smart: 0947 714 7105
- Globe: 0966 976 5971
- Dito: 0991 481 4225