MANILA, PHILIPPINES — During a virtual event organized by Smart Communications Inc., the Department of Information and Communications Technology (DICT) announced that it is setting up one-stop shops to provide valid IDs for residents in remote areas in the country to help hasten SIM card registration.
On Wednesday, DICT Undersecretary Anna Mae Lamentillo said they had asked the Department of Justice to set up booths mainly in remote areas where residents can acquire an NBI clearance.
Lamentillo noted that it would help solve the lack of valid IDs required for SIM card registration.
“While some may find it inconvenient because of the requirements, these are actually necessary because our goal is to deter crime, to prevent those who want to perpetrate crimes by taking advantage of the anonymity of SIMs,” Lamentillo added.
DICT finalizing SIM card registration guidelines in GIDA
In partnership with the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC), the DICT is currently finalizing the SIM card registration guidelines in geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas (GIDA).
GIDAs make up around 27 percent of Barangays in the Philippines.
Lamentillo also recently informed the public that the DICT SIM registration team conducted an inspection of Barangay Sapang-Kawayan in the municipality of Masantol in Pampanga. The inspection of the coastal community will help in recognizing the possible difficulties when the DICT begins its rollout of SIM card registration booths in remote areas.
“The DICT is working with agencies and PTEs (public telecommunications entities) for the implementation of the SIM registration in the country’s remote areas. The first SIM registration rollout in the remote area of Masantol, Pampanga has provided valuable insights and the public can expect that the SIM registration will reach the country’s far-flung areas,” Lamentillo said.
Have you registered your SIM yet? Check out the step-by-step guides for different SIMs below:
- STEP BY STEP GUIDE: TM SIM Card Registration for the SIM Card Registration Act
- STEP BY STEP GUIDE: Globe SIM Card Registration for the SIM Card Registration Act
- STEP BY STEP GUIDE: Smart SIM Card Registration for the SIM Card Registration
- STEP BY STEP GUIDE: TNT SIM Card Registration for the SIM Card Registration
- STEP BY STEP GUIDE: DITO SIM Card Registration for the SIM Card Registration Act