Smart Communications is ramping up its rollout of assisted SIM Registration booths and touchpoints across the country, particularly in geographically isolated and disadvantaged and conflict-affected areas (GIDCA) identified by the Philippine government.

Smart had earlier announced the availability of a wide network of assisted SIM Registration booths and touchpoints across the country, as part of its effort to facilitate SIM Registration for its customers, particularly those residing outside Metro Manila.

The government’s GIDCA database lists about 39,753 barangays across the country.

“We are progressively rolling out more assisted SIM Registration booths and touchpoints across the Philippines, with the help of local government units, to reach those with special needs, people with disabilities, and those still using basic phones and devices. All this while we await further guidance from the TWG on where we go next, prioritizing customers located in GIDCA,” said Cathy Yang, FVP and Head of Group Corporate Communications at PLDT and Smart.

PLDT and Smart’s support for SIM Registration underscores the PLDT group’s longstanding consumer protection initiatives, which include blocking SIMs that send ‘smishing’ messages and Uniform Resource Locators (URL) or links that lead to illegal activities, to help safeguard the public against emerging cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and other online criminal activities.

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The public is reminded that they have 180 days, or until June 25 April 26, 2023, to register their SIMS on their respective telecommunications provider. Unregistered SIM cards will be deactivated by the deadline.

You can go to our post here to learn how to register your Smart, TNT, Globe, TM, GOMO, and DITO SIM cards.

If you have concerns about SIM registration, you can call DICT’s 24/7 complaint center hotline by dialing 1326 on your phone.

For more news about the SIM Card Registration Act, go here.

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