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NTC consultant: Booths to be set up, but online registration priority for SIM subscribers

National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) consultant Edgar Cabarios assures telcos are ready once SIM registration starts on December 27.
File photo of a SIM card tray

Physical sites for SIM registration

In a report by CNN Philippines, Cabarios said telcos will be setting up booths where subscribers with limited internet access or who do not have smartphones may be able to register their SIMs as required by the SIM Registration Act.

They will put up business centers, yes, pwede po doon, Cabarios said.

Under the implementing rules and regulations of the SIM registration law, agencies like the NTC, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, and the Department of Education, as well as telcos, will be tasked to facilitate registration in remote areas with limited internet access.

The facilities shall be established within 60 days from the effectivity of the law.

However, Cabarios said they still prefer online registration since this is more secure given that data to be collected include the subscriber’s name, date of birth, sex, and address.

Kailangan ho online. Dapat ho iwasan kasi yung data mo mapunta sa iba. Hindi po pupwedeng ganon. Delikado po kasi. Personal information, or personal data that can be used ng mga masasamang loob, he pointed out.

The IRR states that telcos should provide an online platform where their subscribers can register their SIMs.

The former NTC deputy commissioner said subscribers should do the registration themselves to protect their data, except for those who may need assistance, like senior citizens.

For those who do not have a smartphone, the registration platform can also be accessed through computers or laptops, he said.

Cabarios expects up to 160 million SIMs to be registered, which are Prepaid and Postpaid combined.

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