10,000 SIM cards registered in Mimaropa

Nearly 10,000 Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) cards in the Mimaropa region have been registered, according to the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC)-Mimaropa.

The SIM cards were registered through the Facilitated SIM Registration of the agency, which was attended by various Telecommunication companies.

Ronald Francis Cabute, NTC-Mimaropa officer in charge, said that the agency conducted around 40 facilitated SIM registration in the region, where one facilitated registration was done in each municipality and city.

On April 25, a facilitated registration was also held in the city of Calapan, where 115 SIM cards were registered.

President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. has approved the extension of SIM registration deadline for another 90 days, which was supposed to end on April 26, 2023. The extension was granted in response to the request of telecommunications companies to extend the deadline.

The Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) expects an additional 15 to 18 million Filipinos to register during the extension period.

Cabute said that based on the agency’s data as of December 2022, out of the total 168,016,400 subscribers in the Philippines, 86,746,672 are Globe subscribers, 66,304,761 are Smart subscribers, and 14,964,967 are DITO subscribers, with only 82,845,397 or 49.31 percent of them having registered their SIM cards.

He urged the public to register their SIM cards and not wait for the deadline.

SIM card registration is in compliance with the Republic Act 11934, which aims to prevent text scams, text spam, and other types of scams using SIM cards.

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