April 28, 2023 Jester P. Manalastas 250 views

CONCERNED government agencies must look for more convenient and faster process of registering subscriber identity modules (SIMs) for millions of still unregistered legitimate mobile phone users.

This is according to Speaker Ferdinand Martin G. Romualdez as he urged the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and the three telecommunications companies (telcos) providing cellular phone services to work jointly for a simpler SIM card registration.

“Let us help millions of Filipinos who have mobile phones, but who still have not registered their SIMs as required by law, to register. Let us make it easier for them to take advantage of the 90-day registration extension granted by President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.,” Romualdez said.

Meanwhile, the thanked the President for extending the list-up deadline for the millions of still-unregistered mobile phone users.

“In particular, let us assist overseas Filipino workers and their families to register. Their mobile phones are their principal means of communicating and connecting to each other. The thought that they could instantly make audio-video calls eases the pain of being thousands of miles away from home and from their loved ones,” he said.

He said the Department of Migrant Workers and the Department of Foreign Affairs should help the DICT, NTC and telcos inform OFWs and their families of the registration requirement.

“I suspect that OFW families in the provinces are finding it difficult to comply with the registration requirement. Some may even be unaware of it,” he said.

The House leader believes that many OFWs and their families back home are using unlisted prepaid SIMs because of the convenience of acquiring them.

He then lauded telcos for offering registration assistance and mechanisms for their postpaid and prepaid SIM users to list up.

However, he asked them “to go the extra mile in seeking out people who have bought and used their SIMs and help them to register so they would be able to continue using their cellular phone service.”

According to reports, as of April 23, three days before the original April 26 registration deadline was extended by the President, some 82.8 million SIM owners have registered.

Of the 82.8 million registrants, 39.9 million signed up with Smart Communications, 37.09 million with Globe Telecom and 5.79 million with DITO Telecommunity Corp.

There have been reports that the three telcos have sold a total of 165 million to 170 million SIM cards.

On the other hand, Romualdez appealed to the telcos to reveal the number of their postpaid mobile phone subscribers and the total number of active unlisted SIMs that they have sold.