Rules are pretty tight on the new SIM Registration act.
The implementing rules and regulations (IRR) for the SIM Registration Act were released on December 12, 2022, which also reveals what users and vendors can and cannot do and what they will face if they commit offenses.
As you know, the main goal of the SIM Registration act is to make sure that authorities can go after users who will commit crimes using their mobile numbers. Hence, registrants are required to provide their personal information and valid identification.
That said, those who will falsify documents during the registration may be fined an amount not lower than Php100,000 or may even face imprisonment of 6 months to 2 years.
Here’s a full list of offenses that could result in punishment when committed under the SIM Registration Act:
- Falsification of documents
- Reselling registered SIMs
- Breach of confidentiality
- Stealing a registered SIM
- Spoofing to make it appear the message was sent from a certain number
- Negligence resulting in other offenses
Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) Undersecretary for Public Affairs and Foreign Relations Anna Mae Lamentillo said that SIM card registration can be done online. This means that Filipinos overseas can also register their roaming SIM cards.
She added that minors can also register their SIMs using their parents’ names.
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The SIM Card Registration will start on December 27, 2022, and existing users have 180 days to register their SIMs or face the deactivation of their numbers.
Here’s a guide on how you can register your SIM.