Smart Communications and value brand TNT are set to join the three-day, nationwide assisted SIM Registration roadshow being organized by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), to boost SIM Registration and reach far-flung areas where mobile customers are.
From January 25 to January 27, assisted SIM Registration booths will be set up by the NTC, Smart, TNT, and other PTEs in five regions per day, hitting one far-flung municipality in each of the identified regions. These municipalities include upland areas like Atok in Benguet, island municipality Moalboal in Cebu and Arakan in the landlocked province of Cotabato in Mindanao.
Smart and TNT were the first to deploy assisted SIM Registration booths and touchpoints across the country starting December 27, 2022, on the same day that Smart launched its SIM Registration portal.
Last week, Smart also organized “Sulong SIM Registration”, the first-ever LGU cascade on SIM Registration among Philippine telcos, which drew close to a thousand LGU executives from provincial governments to barangay officials, from Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.
During the online cascade, representatives from the NTC, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT), and the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) urged hundreds of LGU executives to actively collaborate to encourage mobile users across the country to register their SIMs.
Republic Act (RA) 11934 or the SIM Registration Act, the first law inked by President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., regulates the use of SIM cards, by mandating all end-users to register their SIMs under their name.
The DICT has announced that the deadline to register all SIM cards is on April 26, 2023.
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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.