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NTC sets public consultation for SIM law IRR on Dec. 5

QUEZON CITY (PIA) -- The National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) will hold a virtual public hearing on December 5 for the proposed implementing rules and regulations (IRR) of Republic Act no. 11934, otherwise known as the Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act.

Through the public consultation, the NTC hopes to gather comments from the public and stakeholders on the proposed guidelines prepared by the Technical Working Group (TWG).

The landmark law, which took effect last October 28, requires all mobile users to register their SIM card prior to activation.

According to NTC, the IRR is expected to be issued on Dec. 12. Based on the timeline of the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), once the IRR is published, the SIM registration is targeted to start on December 27.

Under the draft IRR, Public Telecommunications Entities (PTEs) or resellers are required to ask end-users to disclose their full name, date of birth and address with a copy of a valid government-issued ID or other similar documents.

Both prepaid and postpaid SIM card owners are required to register their SIM within 180 days from the effectivity of the law. The registration may be extended for 120 days. All unregistered SIM cards will be deactivated after five days from the end of the registration period.

The SIM cards of owners who fail to comply with the requirements for registration within the prescribed period shall be automatically deactivated, the NTC said.

Signed by President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. last October 10, the SIM Registration Act seeks to regulate the issuance of SIM cards as a means to curb the spread of text scams and spam messages in the country. (JAFD/PIA-PMD)

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