No SIM Registration extension after July 25
DICT Secretary Ivan Uy said that “Base sa datos from some of the telcos, yung mga tinatawag na revenue generating SIM kumbaga itong mga SIM na nagbabayad ng postpaid, nasa 99% na sila. I think we’re already there. Yung iba either talagang pasaway or ginagamit for scams at hindi talaga sila magpaparehistro”
As of July 19, the DICT reported that 104,334,729 subscribers have registered their SIM. It had previously been said that there were over 168 million subscribers overall.
Uy said that by extending the registration period from the initial April 26 deadline, people in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA) were now able to register. More aided registration stations were established by telecommunications companies in remote locations with little or no access.
“Remember noong last deadline at nagpa-extend tayo [when we extended the deadline], we were able to register an additional 20.3 million during the extension,” Uy said.
In the days before the deadline, Uy warned everyone once more about the increasing number of scammers. He brought up the rise in scammers who are now using social media platforms rather than SMS messages to communicate.
“Huwag na huwag ninyo pong ibenta ang inyong mga credentials sa pagkarehistro ng SIM o pagka-open ng e-wallet accounts. Dahil mananagot rin po kayo dahil pangalan ninyo po ang nakasalalay sa registration na yun,” Uy said.
On July 26, unregistered SIM will become inactive, preventing users from making or receiving calls, sending or receiving messages, using mobile data, and even losing access to e-wallets.
However, Deputy Commissioner Jon Paulo Salvahan of the National Telecommunications Commission told CNN Philippines Newsroom Ngayon that telcos may still send SIM users reminders to reactivate their SIM.
Users have five days from the deadline to reactivate their SIM, under the SIM Registration Act’s implementing rules and regulations.
From July 26 through July 30, users can reactivate their SIM, according to Salvahan. However, their SIM will be permanently deactivated when they still do not register.
If you haven’t registered your SIM yet, we strongly advise you to do so. Keep in mind that your e-wallets, social media, and SIM will be inaccessible.