Noting that the current figures are still “far from the target,” the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) continued to urge the public to register their SIMs before the deadline set this month to avoid the deactivation of SIM cards.
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“The DICT emphasizes that there will be no extension for the deadline, and strict implementation will be in effect,” DICT said in a statement issued on April 9.
DICT has set April 26 as the deadline for SIM card registration.
The department also warned that “failure to register will result in the deactivation of SIM cards, rendering them unusable for voice calls, text messaging, and mobile data services.”
The current registration figures, DICT said, are “far from the target” — with numerous SIMs remaining unregistered.
Citing the latest numbers released by major Public Telecommunication Entities (PTEs) – DITO Telecommunication Corp., Globe Telecom Inc., and Smart Communications Inc. DICT noted that the number of registered SIMs as of April 7 are as follows: DITO – 4,711,456; Globe – 26,348,304; and SMART –31,110,508.
DICT noted that this brings a total number of 62,170,268 registered SIMs — which is 36.79 percent of the 168,977,773 subscribers nationwide.
“While the progress in SIM card registration has been encouraging, we must not lose momentum,” said DICT Secretary Ivan John Uy said.
With only 16 days left before the deadline, DICT noted that it is crucial to take immediate action to prevent the inconvenience of deactivation. “Together, let us strive for a more connected and secure Philippines,” Uy added.
DICT also encouraged everyone to register their SIMs with their respective PTEs and to be “vigilant” as they complete the registration process.
“It is crucial to register through official links of PTEs to avoid fraudulent activities such as scams and identity theft,” DICT said.
To register the SIM, users are advised to follow these official links: SMART – smart.com.ph/simreg or simreg.smart.com.ph; GLOBE – new.globe.com.ph/simreg; and DITO – https://digital.dito.ph/pto/download/app
Complaints and concerns related to SIM registration may be coursed through the hotline 1326.
More information about the SIM registration process is also available on the DICT website.