Kabayan Party-list Rep. Ron Salo praised on Tuesday, Dec. 27 the Filipinos who chose to register their subscriber identity module (SIM) cards on the first day of the effectivity of the SIM Registration Law.
"I commend the Filipino people for their enthusiasm to comply with this law. It just shows our citizens are law-abiding and they support our government's initiative for an orderly society," Salo said in a statement.
The veteran solon was referring to Republic Act (RA) No. 11934 or the SIM Registration Law.
On Tuesday, telecommunications companies launched their respective online registration portals for subscribers to use to comply with the law.
"The SIM Registration Law enhances accountability among users in the use of mobile communications through mandatory registration. It aims to deter unscrupulous individuals from committing illegal acts through the use of mobile networks by making users’ identities known," Salo said.
However, in the morning of the first day of the implementation of the law, several citizens reported that the registration systems of their networks crashed due to the high volume of users attempting to register their SIMs.
"The people should not be worried if they are not immediately able to register their SIMs for the law provides a 180-day period to comply, which may be extended if necessary," Salo noted.
"I am also reminding the NTC and network providers to continually improve their systems to meet the demands of this law. I urge them to make the registration process as seamless as possible to make it much easier for our citizens to comply with the law," he further said.