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Marcos praises the SIM law for reducing text scams by almost 100%.

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In response to the implementation of Republic Act (RA) 11934, also known as the SIM (subscriber identity module) Card Registration Act, SMS scam complaints decreased by 93.3 percent, according to a report that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. welcomed on Wednesday.

Marcos claimed on his official Facebook and Twitter pages that this demonstrated how the Philippines’ digital environment is becoming “safer” against new cyber threats, vulnerabilities, and other online criminal activity.

Since we enacted the SIM Card Registration Act, the number of complaints received by the National Telecommunications Office has decreased by 93.3 percent, according to Marcos.

“Our digital realm is growing more and more secure, which is why we keep inviting everyone to register for safe business, work, and life,” he continued.

According to lawyer Andres Castelar Jr., officer-in-charge of the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) legal section, text scam complaints decreased from 1,500 per day before the SIM card registration went into effect to just 100 per day.

Castelar noted that if all SIM cards were registered in the system, text fraud reports should continue to fall.

When Marcos signed the SIM Registration Act into law, the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) reported that a total of 44,298,445 customers, or 26.22 percent of the 168,977,773 subscribers nationwide, have registered their SIM cards.

In order to give more customers time to register, the DICT is considering extending for another 120 days the deadline for SIM registration, which is currently set for April 26.

In an effort to inform and encourage subscribers to register their SIM cards, it is also interacting with senior persons as part of its help and information campaign.

The first bill that President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. signed was RA 11934.

The law, which Marcos signed on October 8 of last year, mandates that Public Telecommunication Entities (PTEs) or direct vendors require SIM card end users to produce a legitimate identification document to verify their identities.

Additionally, PTEs must provide the NTC with an updated list of their verified authorized dealers and agents around the country each quarter of the year.

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