DOJ on SIM registration period: “There’s a 90-day extension”
DOJ — The Department of Justice recently announced that the SIM registration period has been extended for 90 days.
The deadline of the SIM registration period was initially set on Wednesday, April 26, 2023. SIMs (Subscriber Identity Module) that are still unregistered after the deadline will be deactivated under the SIM Registration Act.
However, authorities have decided to extend the period following the low turnout of SIM registration.
During an inter-agency task force meeting on the oil spill in Mindoro, the Justice Secretary Jesus Crispin “Boying” Remulla announced that there’s a 90-day extension in the SIM registration period.
“There’s a 90-day extension,” the Justice secretary said.
Remulla made the announcement about the extension of SIM registration period following a sectoral meeting with President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. in Malacañang on Tuesday, April 25, 2023.
The Justice secretary is one of the government officials present during the sectoral meeting presided over by President Bongbong Marcos where they discussed whether or not to extend the SIM registration period.
Also present during the said meeting was Department of Information and Communications Technology Secretary (DICT) Ivan John Uy.
President Bongbong Marcos leads the sectoral meeting in Malacañang DICT Sec. Ivan John Uy and other government officials to decide on the extension of sim card registration deadline on April 26. (📸: PPA) @inquirerdotnet pic.twitter.com/Y6qMvjdokK— Daphne Galvez (@DYGalvezINQ) April 25, 2023
Prior to Remulla’s announcement, Uy said in an interview on ANC that they received reports, identified issues, and concerns as to why there are still some people who weren’t able to register their SIMs.
According to Uy, the delaying the decision on the extension of SIM registration period has “caused a significant increase in the number of registrants”. He went on to clarify that both pre-paid and post-paid SIM users must register their SIMs under their respective telcos.