DICT is planning to use the “one-stop shop” of NBI for SIM registration in far-flung areas.
SIM REGISTRATION – The Department of Information and Communications Technology is planning to set up the “one-stop shop” of the National Bureau of Investigation for SIM registration in far-flung areas in the country.
Registration of SIM (subscriber identity module) cards is set to close on April 26, 2023, and unregistered SIMs will be deactivated after the deadline.
DICT Undersecretary Anna Mae Lamentillo said at a televised public briefing on Thursday that they’re working with the Department of Justice (DOJ) on the use of the “one-stop shop” of NBI for SIM registration in far-flung areas.
According to Lamentillo, the DICT is coordinating with the DOJ to set up the “one-stop-shop” in remote areas where SIM registrants may secure an NBI clearance that they can use in order to register their SIMs.
“Nakipag-coordinate na po kami sa DOJ para nga po mag-set up nitong one-stop-shop sa malalayong lugar kung saan maaaring i-secure ng ating mga kababayan ‘yung kanilang NBI clearance na puwede po nilang magamit sa pagpaparehistro ng kanilang SIM card,” Lamentillo said.
She added that said an inter-agency ad hoc committee meeting is set to be conducted in order to finalize the guidelines for the rollout of SIM registration in GIDAs (geographically isolated and disadvantaged areas).
Lamentillo also said that a total of more than 21.782 million of the 168.977 million mobile phone users nationwide have registered their SIMs so far.
Of these, she said that around 10.8 million are subscribers of Smart Communications, 9.1 million are subscribers of Globe Telecom, and 1.8 million are subscribers of DITO Telecommunity.
The DICT also warned the public against stolen and preregistered SIMs.