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Solon applauds SIM Registration Law’s early compliance

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As evidence that “our citizens are law-abiding and supportive of the government’s initiative to establish an orderly society,” Kabayan Partylist Representative Ron Salo praised the Filipino people for their significant enthusiasm to comply with Republic Act (RA) No. 11934, or the “Subscriber Identity Module (SIM) Registration Act.”

On December 27, RA 11934’s implementing rules and regulations (IRR) came into force, making it mandatory for all users to have their SIM cards correctly registered with their individual networks. Their SIMs will become inactive if they don’t register.

The SIM Card Registration Act was primarily created by the government to assist law enforcement in crimes using SIMs and was intended to be a useful tool for detecting and combating cybercrime. Authorities may find it simpler to find the person responsible for any shady or illegal conduct if they have access to a database of SIM owners with unique identifiers.

By requiring registration, the SIM Registration Law improves user accountability when using mobile communications. By revealing users’ names, it seeks to dissuade dishonest people from using mobile networks to carry out unlawful activities, according to Salo.

I applaud the Filipino people for being so eager to follow this rule. It simply demonstrates that our people are law-abiding and that they support our government’s efforts to maintain order in society, he continued.

However, a number of people said that on the morning of the first day the law went into effect, their networks’ registration systems broke because of the large number of people trying to register their SIM cards.

“People shouldn’t worry if they can’t register their SIMs right away because the law offers a 180-day term to comply, which may (even) be extended if required,” Salo said, noting that the registration is authorized and can be done until June 22, 2023.

Salo cites the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) and all network providers as needed to keep their systems up to date in order to comply with this law’s requirements.

To make it much simpler for our folks to follow the law, he urged them to make the registration procedure as frictionless as they could.

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