The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reports that a total of 38,187,045 SIMs have been registered in the Philippines as of March 1, 2023, representing 22.6 percent of the total 168,977,773 SIMs in the country.
The implementation of the SIM Registration law has had a positive impact on reducing cybercrime through SMS, according to DICT Secretary Ivan John E. Uy. He stated that the signing of the law was the first step in cutting off a common medium used by cybercriminals, such as SMS or text messaging.
The enactment of the law has already resulted in a decrease in the frequency of text scams and fraud. Once the law is fully implemented, it is expected to significantly reduce the issues related to utilizing mobile phones for text scams.
The DICT continues to remind the public to be cautious and vigilant when registering their SIMs and to only use the official website links of the PTEs. The deadline for SIM registration is on April 26, 2023.
For information on how to register your SIM cards, go here. To find out what will happen if you fail to register your SIM cards, read here.
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The SIM Registration law aims to improve national security and minimize criminal activities associated with the use of unregistered SIMs. The DICT and PTEs continue to work together to encourage the remaining unregistered SIM users to register their SIMs to promote a safer and more secure environment for mobile users in the Philippines.