Actual locations for SIM registration
According to CNN Philippines, Cabarios stated that telecoms would set up booths where customers with slow internet access or those without cellphones could register their SIM cards in line with the SIM Registration Act.
When asked if registration would be available online only, as stated in the SIM Registration Act’s implementing rules and regulations, National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) consultant Edgar Cabarios responded, “They will put up business centers, yes, pwede po doon (they can register there)” (IRR).
Under the rules and regulations of the SIM registration law, the NTC, the Department of Information and Communications Technology, the Department of the Interior and Local Government, the Department of Education, and telcos will be tasked with setting up registration in remote areas with limited internet access.
This registration has been put in place to stop internet fraud, mobile phone scam, and other privacy-harming crimes.
In these places, registration facilities must be set up within 60 days of the law’s taking effect on December 27, 2022.
The subscriber’s name, date of birth, sex, and address will be collected, but according to Cabarios, they still prefer online registration because it is more secure.
“Kailangan ho online,” he explained. “Dapat ho iwasan kasi yung data mo mapunta sa iba. Hindi po pupwedeng ganon. Delikado po kasi. Personal information, or personal data that can be used ng mga masasamang loob.”
The form should be completed privately by subscribers, with the exception of those who need assistance, such as old citizens and individuals with impairments, according to Cabarios.
He went on to say that in this situation, the person helping the subscriber should be trusted.
Cabarios said the registration website can also be accessed using desktop or laptop computers for individuals without smartphones. And also, up to 160 million SIMs, including prepaid and postpaid, are expected to be registered, according to the former NTC deputy commissioner.