Congressman Richard Gomez: “Ang SIM card registration po ay trabaho ng DICT at ng telcos. Hayaan na po nating sila ang gumawa ng kanilang trabaho”
RICHARD GOMEZ – The Leyte 2nd district Representative reminded the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT) and telecommunications companies to do their job on the SIM Registration Act.
With the impending implementation of the SIM Registration Act or Republic Act No. 11934, the congressman said on Tuesday that it’s the joint responsibility of telcos and the DICT to carry out an information drive on SIM (subscriber identity module) registration and not that of LGUs (local government units).
According to him, the telecommunications companies shouldn’t burden the LGUs. He added that telcos should take care of their own business and own problems because their profit are all theirs to keep and enjoy,
“Why give the burden of letting the public know about the pros and cons of the measures, and the registration methods, to the LGUs when these already have so much task at hand?” asked Gomez, who was a former two-term mayor of Ormoc City.
Gomez took issue with the DILG’s (Department of Interior and Local Government) supposed tasking of local government units to carry out such information dissemination campaign.
The congressman added that telcos can easily tap their distributors and thousands of retail stores to do the registration where they sell their SIMs. He also said that SIM registration is the job of the telcos and the DICT.
On Monday, Interior Secretary Benhur Abalos urged local government units to exert all efforts in order to educate their stakeholders on the benefits of mandatory SIM registration, to promote responsible use of SIMs, and to guide them through the whole registration process.